Careers in Science and Technology
One day I will admit to the world that I am a techie, until then, I will continue denying it because I don’t want to be categorized, or placed in the box of ‘techie’ which has the negative connotation of being boring, not being able to speak to other people, programming all day, wearing jeans at work, smelling like yogurt and crayons from being in a carpeted room full of computers (that’s how the apple clusters at Carnegie Mellon smelled), or anything else that makes being ‘geeky’ not cool. So no, I’m not a techie damnit. I smell good, love my job, and am surrounded by tech which I love because I don’t need training to operate.
For those that don’t know, I went to Carnegie Mellon University, where I studied business administration. The business majors in my school were the most personable, the hottest were in the Drama school – I can’t even lie about that. Even though I was a business major, I was required (mandated/commanded/etc) to take a programming class. Randy Pausch was still at CMU when I attended it, and I had the honor of learning to program using Alice – which makes programming fun and super cool to make (my first/major project was having a couple dance salsa-very fun!). As a CMU alum, people always assume I’m a techie because of their extraordinary Computer Science program, or Robotics, or Electrical Engineering – but I wave my business degree with pride! I use tech but I can carry a conversation (it is a terrible stereotype - but I can't change it overnight).
Photography – a class that I yearned to take as an elective is ‘tech’. There is so much ‘tech’ in it – the development, digital photography, graphic designs, etc. Being a director in the Drama school requires tech too. Being an editor for the school paper requires tech as well. Even if you were an English major – I’m sure you use tech to drive people to want to read you stuff.
Tech is everywhere and there are so many opportunities that women can pursue to join this industry. I pursued a career in consulting after college and now, as I try to figure out what certifications to get, I am seeing the greater value technology adds. I would’ve never dreamed to be in IT, or to have a site that focuses on women in tech/who use tech/who like tech – yet, here I am, almost admitting that I am a techie.
The day that the phrase ‘techie’ has all of the positive attributes that it actually has, will be the day that I wear my ‘I’m a techie and I’m proud’ cape…until then, I’m not a techie, I’m just a regular cute geek.
(btw – if any women in college, or even out of college want to learn about other opportunities in technology, or what working in technology mean, feel free to contact me, if I can’t answer your questions, I can find someone who can – RadirisD@cutegeek.com)