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dayone - I am an English Major, now what? - Issue #8

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dayone - I am an English Major, now what? - Issue #8
By Marc Kermisch • Issue #8 • View online
I am often asked for career advice. It might be how to start out in a career in technology to how to get promoted to the next level or even become a CIO/CTO. In looking back at my career, it has take many left turns, starting all the way back in college. What has your career journey been like? What did you want to be when you were a high school senior? I decided this month to share a bit about my journey and I hope you enjoy the read.

I am an English Major, now what?
I went to college to become a Physical Therapist, graduated with a degree in English, and 20 years later I am a Chief Technology Officer. When I was 18 years old and thinking about what I would be doing for my life, I could have never predicted the path I would take to get here. At this point in my career, I find myself sharing my journey with others, be it a new college graduate or an experienced professional pondering a new opportunity. As I share my story, I may leave them more confused than before we started because there was no clear path to how I got to where I am today. I genuinely believe that is ok, and an individual’s mindset may be more important than any degree or career planning.
Even though I am now a CTO, my experience with computers started at a young age when my Dad brought home an Apple IIe. After a few months messing around with the computer, I found myself volunteering at the local library to help others learn how to use a computer. My parents also found a programming class through a local university that a friend and I took together. We learned about punch card programming and a language called Turtle. I also learned about the most valuable analogy to use with my business partners to teach them what it really means to be a computer programmer, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Ask me, and I will gladly tell you more. [Read the Rest of the Article]
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