Using Information Technology toTurn Your Passion Into Your CareerSteve Muench
Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry Careers
file:///C:/Users/smuench/Downloads/steve-jobs.pngThe only way tobe truly satisfiedis to do what youbelieve is greatwork.
file:///C:/Users/smuench/Downloads/steve-jobs.pngThe only way tobe truly satisfiedis to do what youbelieve is greatwork.An...
Find Your PassionBecome anExpertFind RelevantExperienceMake It Happen
Make Time toEducate Yourselfon Your PassionManage TimeWiselyUse AvailableTools to Save Time
workflowy.com
powersearchingwithgoogle.com
google.com/alerts
feedly.com
khanacademy.org
udacity.com
coursera.org
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Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry Careers
1976 (8 Years Old)• Did the payroll for my fathers company– Using a program that he wrote• Started learning to program mys...
1978 – 1983 (Elem/Middle School)• Played a lot of games• Started writing more complicated programs
1984 – 1986 (High School)• Taught computers to elementary school kids• Taught programming at summer camp for kids• Did fir...
1986 – 1989 (University)• Worked on campus in computer lab• Worked off campus writing business apps
My University Studies• Mathematics– My dream was to be a high-school math teacher• Rhetoric• Italian Literature• Computers...
1990 – Present
1990 – Present
1990 – Present
1990 – Present
Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry Careers
Software: Packaged Products• Music & Video– iTunes, Windows Media Player• Personal Productivity– Microsoft Office (Word, E...
Software: Web Applications• Facebook– Keep in touch with friends around the world• Amazon.com– Buy books, movies, electron...
Programmers Plan Every Click!
Oracle Software Inside Many Web AppsOracleDatabaseOracleApplicationServerOracleApplicationDevelopmentToolsLive Application...
Packaged Applications
Roles in Software DevelopmentRequirementsGatheringDesign&PrototypingDevelopmentTestingDocumentationUsabilityTestingTechnic...
Other Roles in SoftwareConsulting SalesTraining Sales Consulting
IT Opportunities Large and Small• Large Software Companies– Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Apple• Software Consulting Compan...
What Skills Do IT Employers Value?• Problem Solving• Creative Thinking• Concrete Results• Team Player• Great Communication...
file:///C:/Users/smuench/Downloads/steve-jobs.pngEverybody in thiscountry shouldlearn how toprogram acomputerbecause ittea...
Break down a taskinto partsClearly explainthe stepsLearn totroubleshootproblems
code.org
codeacademy.com
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Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career
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Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career

  1. 1. Using Information Technology toTurn Your Passion Into Your CareerSteve Muench
  2. 2. Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry Careers
  3. 3. file:///C:/Users/smuench/Downloads/steve-jobs.pngThe only way tobe truly satisfiedis to do what youbelieve is greatwork.
  4. 4. file:///C:/Users/smuench/Downloads/steve-jobs.pngThe only way tobe truly satisfiedis to do what youbelieve is greatwork.And the only wayto do great workis to love whatyou do.
  5. 5. Find Your PassionBecome anExpertFind RelevantExperienceMake It Happen
  6. 6. Make Time toEducate Yourselfon Your PassionManage TimeWiselyUse AvailableTools to Save Time
  7. 7. workflowy.com
  8. 8. powersearchingwithgoogle.com
  9. 9. google.com/alerts
  10. 10. feedly.com
  11. 11. khanacademy.org
  12. 12. udacity.com
  13. 13. coursera.org
  14. 14. bit.ly/sankalpblog
  15. 15. Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry Careers
  16. 16. 1976 (8 Years Old)• Did the payroll for my fathers company– Using a program that he wrote• Started learning to program myself
  17. 17. 1978 – 1983 (Elem/Middle School)• Played a lot of games• Started writing more complicated programs
  18. 18. 1984 – 1986 (High School)• Taught computers to elementary school kids• Taught programming at summer camp for kids• Did first paid programming jobs
  19. 19. 1986 – 1989 (University)• Worked on campus in computer lab• Worked off campus writing business apps
  20. 20. My University Studies• Mathematics– My dream was to be a high-school math teacher• Rhetoric• Italian Literature• Computers Continued to Be My Passion– Earned Money Doing Math Tutoring– Helping People Use Computers– Doing Computer Programming
  21. 21. 1990 – Present
  22. 22. 1990 – Present
  23. 23. 1990 – Present
  24. 24. 1990 – Present
  25. 25. Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry Careers
  26. 26. Software: Packaged Products• Music & Video– iTunes, Windows Media Player• Personal Productivity– Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)• Email– Outlook, Thunderbird• Web Browser– Internet Explorer, Firefox• Games, Learning
  27. 27. Software: Web Applications• Facebook– Keep in touch with friends around the world• Amazon.com– Buy books, movies, electronics, etc.• EBay– Buy or sell virtually anything to anyone• Expedia.com– Buy plane tickets, rent a car, etc.• Wolfram Alpha– Answer any question you can think of
  28. 28. Programmers Plan Every Click!
  29. 29. Oracle Software Inside Many Web AppsOracleDatabaseOracleApplicationServerOracleApplicationDevelopmentToolsLive Application on the WebApplicationDevelopment
  30. 30. Packaged Applications
  31. 31. Roles in Software DevelopmentRequirementsGatheringDesign&PrototypingDevelopmentTestingDocumentationUsabilityTestingTechnicalSupportProductEvangelism
  32. 32. Other Roles in SoftwareConsulting SalesTraining Sales Consulting
  33. 33. IT Opportunities Large and Small• Large Software Companies– Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Apple• Software Consulting Companies• Gaming & Education Software• Any Company with Internet Applications– Amazon.com, Google, Ebay, Facebook, …• Almost Every Company Has Internal IT Dept– Custom Applications for Internal Use
  34. 34. What Skills Do IT Employers Value?• Problem Solving• Creative Thinking• Concrete Results• Team Player• Great Communications Ability• Any Concrete Job Experience Always Helps!– Even if it was something you didnt get paid for…
  35. 35. file:///C:/Users/smuench/Downloads/steve-jobs.pngEverybody in thiscountry shouldlearn how toprogram acomputerbecause itteaches you howto think.
  36. 36. Break down a taskinto partsClearly explainthe stepsLearn totroubleshootproblems
  37. 37. code.org
  38. 38. codeacademy.com
  39. 39. Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry CareersQuestions ?

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