The Pros and Cons of Working in Tech
Over the past decade, I’ve worked what I call the “trifecta of tech careers” — I’ve freelanced full-time as an experience designer, founded a tech company, and now work as a full-time tech consultant.
If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance you’re considering a career in tech yourself. After doing some digging online, you might still be a little iffy about making the leap.
If you’re anything like me, then you’re also a fan of a good ‘ol fashioned pros and cons list, which is why I decided to make (you guessed it) a pros and cons list!
My goal is to help you enter the tech industry with eyes wide open and that means sharing both the highs and lows:
Pro 1: Constant change and growth
Thanks to the insane speed of technology, there will always be a need to understand it and help others keep up. If you are someone who’s curious and thrives on lifelong learning, I can’t think of a better career that will stretch and push you more. The moment you think you understand a technology, it changes and morphs into something else. This is why working in tech can help hone one of the most important life skills out there: learning how to learn. Whether you’re a by-the-book type of learner or enjoy flying by the seat of your pants (*cough* me *cough*), there is something out there to help make the learning curve a little less curvy.
Pro 2: Better opportunities
For those of us who are willing to stomach the uncomfortable parts of change, there are endless opportunities to take technology and share it with others, including those who either refuse to learn it themselves or work in a company that shies away from anything new. In other words, there are companies and clients out there that need help. Like, a lot of it. From mom-and-pop shops to Fortune 500 behemoths, there are endless opportunities to show these companies the future of work. Throw these opportunities in with the fact we can now connect with almost anyone, and you have a potent potion for driving real change.