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Using Information Technology to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career

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Presentation I gave at Career Day 2013 at the English International School of Padua

Presentation I gave at Career Day 2013 at the English International School of Padua

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  • 1. Using Information Technology toTurn Your Passion Into Your CareerSteve Muench
  • 2. Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry Careers
  • 3. file:///C:/Users/smuench/Downloads/steve-jobs.pngThe only way tobe truly satisfiedis to do what youbelieve is greatwork.
  • 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. Find Your PassionBecome anExpertFind RelevantExperienceMake It Happen
  • 6. Make Time toEducate Yourselfon Your PassionManage TimeWiselyUse AvailableTools to Save Time
  • 7. workflowy.com
  • 8. powersearchingwithgoogle.com
  • 9. google.com/alerts
  • 10. feedly.com
  • 11. khanacademy.org
  • 12. udacity.com
  • 13. coursera.org
  • 14. bit.ly/sankalpblog
  • 15. Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry Careers
  • 16. 1976 (8 Years Old)• Did the payroll for my fathers company– Using a program that he wrote• Started learning to program myself
  • 17. 1978 – 1983 (Elem/Middle School)• Played a lot of games• Started writing more complicated programs
  • 18. 1984 – 1986 (High School)• Taught computers to elementary school kids• Taught programming at summer camp for kids• Did first paid programming jobs
  • 19. 1986 – 1989 (University)• Worked on campus in computer lab• Worked off campus writing business apps
  • 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. 1990 – Present
  • 22. 1990 – Present
  • 23. 1990 – Present
  • 24. 1990 – Present
  • 25. Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry Careers
  • 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. 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. Programmers Plan Every Click!
  • 29. Oracle Software Inside Many Web AppsOracleDatabaseOracleApplicationServerOracleApplicationDevelopmentToolsLive Application on the WebApplicationDevelopment
  • 30. Packaged Applications
  • 31. Roles in Software DevelopmentRequirementsGatheringDesign&PrototypingDevelopmentTestingDocumentationUsabilityTestingTechnicalSupportProductEvangelism
  • 32. Other Roles in SoftwareConsulting SalesTraining Sales Consulting
  • 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. 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. file:///C:/Users/smuench/Downloads/steve-jobs.pngEverybody in thiscountry shouldlearn how toprogram acomputerbecause itteaches you howto think.
  • 36. Break down a taskinto partsClearly explainthe stepsLearn totroubleshootproblems
  • 37. code.org
  • 38. codeacademy.com
  • 39. Using IT to Findand FeedYour PassionHow I PursuedMy PassionsComputerIndustry CareersQuestions ?