With so many technological advances in our society springing up every day, it is unsurprising that a career in technology can be a great place to start, or to start over. Recent college graduates over the past four years have fought against a difficult job market, but graduates with a degree in computer science and other technological fields have enjoyed an edge over their peers with other degrees. Those with a computer science education had an unemployment rate of only 4.9 percent compared to 6 percent or higher for those with backgrounds in business or liberal arts.
Houstonian John Wenzler works as a consultant for Edison Avenue Consulting and has seen the effects of a technology education firsthand. He discusses how his education has helped him land a great job and gives advice for those who would like to do the same.
What does your current job entail?
“Daily activities include designing, developing and releasing websites, conference calls with clients and building our own software products. I am fortunate to work 100 percent from home so the dress code is probably a few steps below casual. We have weekly calls to discuss progress, clients and plans for growth.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“Education undoubtedly plays a major role in self-development. You build work ethic, dedication and skills in a structured manner. Although the actual content of my coursework is not identical to my current career, it is the process of learning that counts. You may never need to anti-differentiate a complex polynomial on the job, but the struggle involved in learning how to do so is priceless.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“My advice is to obtain real experience in any way possible. In the technology sector, college students can usually find paid internships that will give them actual working knowledge of the career path they are interested in. If you are unable to locate a paid internship, take an unpaid one, it is an incredible investment you can not afford to miss.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.