Chicago Technology Expert Encourages A Diverse Education

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The computer systems design and related services industry is among the economy’s largest and fastest sources of employment growth. …However, the main growth catalyst for this industry is expected to be the persistent evolution of technology and business’ constant effort to absorb and integrate these resources to enhance their productivity and expand their market opportunities.”

 

(Photo Courtesy of Andrew Davidson)

(Photo Courtesy of Andrew Davidson)

ÄKTA, a Chicago-based digital experience and engagement consultancy, is a great example of how utilizing technology in business can boost productivity. The company works with leading global brands to help them discover new opportunities, define intelligent user experiences, design innovative digital services and bring successful products and applications to market. Vice President of Design Andrew Davidson can offer advice on how a diverse education can help to achieve success in the field of Technology.

What inspired you to enter this field?

“I realized very early in my career that understanding and facilitating user interactions with my customers’ websites was beneficial to everyone. There were no formal majors at the university I attended, so I used their career counselors to help create my own program that balanced psychology and technology.”

How does your educational background correlate with your current role?

“I have a minor in technology, a bachelor’s degree in cognitive psychology and a master’s in computer technology. I’ve been in my current position for two years, but I’ve worked in technology for 15+ years, ever since I started a web design business when I was 15. Having both a liberal arts and a science degree really balanced me out in multiple ways. My diverse degree gave me that realization early in my career.”

What are some words of advice for those seeking a career in this field?

“Don’t dismiss foundational classes and courses in favor of more specific, technical ones. The core themes in technology change far slower than the specifics. Don’t be afraid of asking for advice from neutral parties, like career counselors. Additionally, it’s always beneficial to begin college by forging relationships with professors, other students and contacts at your first job. Those connections will be invaluable later.”

Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a bachelor’s in communication and is currently working on her master’s. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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