Eight Biggest Tech Myths

12 Aug. 2021

By: Aryan singh mehta
Have you always waned to work in tech but are being held back by some of the myths that always go around amongst your peer group or society in general. Then don’t worry today we will together bust these myths and take the first step towards your dream job! Myth 1: A web developer is a 20 something, anti-social geek Decades of pop culture and preconceptions created stereotypes may come to mind. This stereotype can in part be traced back to the tech industry’s polarizing marketing towards young males in the early 1980s. according to studies young white men were heavy users of computers. These findings then affected the marketing for personal computers, which heavily impacted the students who had really enrolled in Computer Science degrees. However things have changed over the past decade.. 96% of young Americans use the internet, over 70% have their own computers, and 78% have an online social media profile. The tech industry has become more diverse with the onset of more users coming up. With the growth of online learning platforms, the dynamics have changed a lot with students turning to learn any skill they want without the traditional requisite of going to a university and getting a degree Myth 2: You need a 4-year degree and work experience on your resume to work in tech As discussed the previous myth the dynamics of learning have changed with the onset of online learning. You don’t need a Computer Science degree to be a developer. Provided you have the job-ready skills an employer is looking for, the enthusiasm to apply yourself and the determination to learn and grow in the role, you can land a position. Myth 3: All developers work in the Silicon Valley Another common assumption is that opportunities for developers today are only at Silicon Valley startups. In reality there is a huge demand of developers as high as half a million in the US alone and they are divided into all the states. Now imagine the possibilities the entire world holds for you!! On top of that the ideology of being your own boss can be achieved through freelancing as a developer. Both traditional and new companies are moving towards building their own websites, apps and much more as a part of the entire brand strategy. Myth 4: There’s only one type of web developer The final misconception is that there’s only one type of developer, when in fact there’s a huge range of programming languages you can specialise in depending on your strengths and interests. Each career path varies in the types of projects you work on, the teams you work with and the types of employers you work for. • If you’re driven by creativity and design, a Front End Web Developer or Full Stack Developer position would be the best fit for you. • if you’re drawn to the traditional industries mentioned earlier, consider becoming a Java Web Developer. • Being a Python Web Developer means working with one of the most versatile programming language It’s also easiest to pick up than other languages, so it’s great for beginners. • If you’re drawn to Google’s Android operating system, then learning Java ,flutter etc and becoming an Android Developer is the best career path for you. • Being an iOS Developer doesn’t just mean building mobile apps. It involves learning both Swift and Objective-C so you can build apps for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Myth 5: Tech Is a Really Unstable Career Field and There’s No Job Security There might be a little bit of truth but trust me its only a little. There are startups which close in no time and it might not be stable But! Tech in general is a very stable career field. If you lose one opportunity there are loads of other if you know the in demand skills. The unemployment rate in tech modulates between 2 and 3%—that’s good! That’s not true of a lot of industries, where getting laid off can mean having to retrain to do something completely different. Myth 6: No Room for Creativity So many tech jobs are creative! Even “non-creative” jobs like web development can have tons of room for coming up with creative solutions. Beyond that are the obvious jobs like web designer and content creator, both of which revolve around creativity. In this pandemic world the requirement for designers has surged high. Fields like ux design and graphic design are going to only get better from now onwards. Myth 7: Work-Life Balance Doesn’t Exist—You’ll Be a Slave to Your Job A lot of tech jobs out there are super flexible and let you schedule your work hours around the other things happening in your life. Beyond that, there are a ton of remote jobs that let you do things like travel while you work! Say goodbye to only taking two weeks of vacation a year, and instead take workcations whenever you want! Myth 8: Programmers Are All Geniuses There are some absolutely brilliant programmers out there. But there are plenty of programmers of perfectly average intelligence, too. The most important thing in becoming a developer is the skill of being a big problem solver.