"Tech's Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd" - NYT Article
Hey all! Thought I would post this article here, as many students talk about their major choice as directly tied to their college search process and many students these days are interested in computer science and engineering majors for tech careers.
Tech's Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd
I work in the tech industry myself - at Microsoft. I've often heard students ask people what they should major in if they are socially awkward or want to work alone a lot, and people often respond by telling them to look into computer science or engineering majors. That's always been super frustrating for me to see because it's so patently untrue, so I'm glad I now have an article to point people to.
Tech work - especially at big companies that pay high salaries - is very collaborative work! If you're a software developer/engineering working on a project most likely you are on a team of developers who are coding pieces of the project. (For example in games, we have people who are responsible for different parts of the game - some people may do character mechanics, some people environmental effects, some people UI, etc.) All those developers have to communicate with each other to get work done - and that's not including all the designers, artists, community managers, producers, program managers, marketing specialists, lawyers, HR, and other people you need to liaise with to get the work done!