I found this cool article yesterday about jobs that are good for people who like to talk: “10 Jobs for People Who Love to Talk” by Tatiana Varenik. I made a similar comment to a very outgoing student when I was volunteer teaching at a middle school. An outgoing, talkative student in grade 8 is surely to get sent to the principal’s office many times but should realize that they will be happy with their skills when they graduate as many jobs require these skills!
Also when I volunteer for Girl Guides, the leader asks the kids to think about the kind of people that work in a software company like IBM. What skills are they likely to have? The answer is that they are likely outgoing and like to talk! Surprised? Don’t be. Networking, presenting, negotiating, writing, and many other related skills are very common and required for a person in software to have success.
Interested in knowing more? I highly recommend Sam Lightstone’s book “Making it Big in Software” as the book will help you understand the skills that are required for a person to achieve success in a software company. I personally find that much of his advice would be good for any recent graduate regardless of the job they think they qualify for.
Many of my friends from grade school now have kids who are graduating from high school. I grew up in a small rural town where many people stay after high school and get traditional jobs. I think it is difficult for a person in such a situation to understand the type of careers that their kids can have with a university degree and in a large company like IBM. This book would be good for parents in this situation to read as it might open their eyes to many possibilities that they were not aware of before.
That reminds me of a conversation I had with my computer-game obsessed 12 year old on our vacation. He and his friend were talking about the features they would like to see in coming releases of the games they like. They discussed details about each feature and the likelihood that the users of the game would want / need such an upgrade. I stopped the conversation to tell them if they ever heard of the job “Product Planner”. Of course they hadn’t, but that is exactly the type of conversation a product planner would have to decide what direction the product should go into in future releases.
Then the discussion turned to the steps they have to do on their computer
when they install a new game. Most of the discussion reminded me of what an
integration tester would do… or perhaps a performance analysts. Amazing the
skills that a game can bring to a young kid!
For any parent who thinks that your kid is wasting his or her time playing games, read Sam’s book to see if there are careers you can recommend to your gaming expert that might lead to real bucks in the future!
Enjoy the book!