So what’s it like moving from the office to the classroom?
Well for most it means a suit and tie. Nine to Five. Short hair (guys at least). No tennis shoes. And of course, do not be late into the office. Well guess what, that’s not entirely true.
On August 11th 2008, I woke up for my first day as a full-time employee at IBM. So without thinking twice about it, after a swift shower and shave, I walked into my closet to put on my suit and tie. I then sped off to the training classroom at our IBM Austin campus, nervously navigating myself through the maze-like hallways of building 45.
After finding the classroom and walking through the door, I received a rather… unexpected response. Everyone was staring at me (and I’m pretty sure I heard a couple muffled laughs). So I sat down, attempting to understand exactly why everyone was looking at me. Was there toilet paper caught on my shoe? Shaving cream on my face? Maybe even a stain on my nice, recently dry-cleaned suit? Nope....
While pondering this situation I found myself examining other people around the room, and being of an analytical nature, picked up a pretty clear trend. Nobody was wearing suits. No blazers, no ties, no leather shoes, and well for the most part - no perfectly groomed haircuts. I was sticking out like a sore thumb. Embarrassing nonetheless, I of course got over the situation. The class went on, and I took away some good IBM friendships. Be this as it may, on that first day of class I’m sure I was referred to at one point or another as a “newbie.” But that’s ok! I mean sometimes you have to learn the hard way right?
Anyways the point I am trying to make from this story is this:
CAREERS IN TECHNOLOGY ARE DIFFERENT
You don’t always have to wear a suit and tie to work. You don’t always have to go to the barber twice a month. And in some cases you don’t even need to go to work!! Well actually you do…. you can just work from home instead of going into the office. Still pretty cool though, right? The Technology Business is the Business of Innovation, so by aligning your career with this industry, you will find yourself a member of the most adaptive workforce in the world. Not only will your thinking continuously re-adapt to the industry, but so will your work environment. Many companies, such as IBM, have technology that allows us to work remotely. So no more chasing the cable guy around because he gave you an appointment that could fall within a 12 hour time frame. Just work from home that day and surprise him by answering the door. And if you do want to go into the office to work, but want to be prepared for a swift escape at 5 PM, just wear tennis shoes to work and Usain Bolt it out the door when the time comes.
These are just a few of many interesting facets tied to a career in technology. I’ll be back soon (bbs, acronyms- get used to them) to provide another embarrassing story of mine, strictly for your enjoyment of course.