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April 10, 2015 - Anastasia

4 myths about IT pros

I bet you know a huge number of stereotypes and stories about different types of personalities, professions, nationalities, etc. And obviously there are myths about IT specialists that have been growing through the years of IT development .But every story can be proved wrong, so let’s become Adam Savage or Jamie Hyneman for a moment and bust some myths!

When I talk to my friends about any kind of IT guys they begin to tell me things that honestly surprise me and I often wonder where they get this information. And then I figure out they just don’t know what they are talking about.

1st myth:

They are badly dressed bearded IT guys wearing glasses and long hair.

Seriously? Have you seen modern offices of IT companies full of good-looking and stylishly dressed developers, testers and web designers? What decade are you living in?
It is a widespread stereotype which has come from stuck to the computer gamers or sociophobes who don’t leave their holes, are afraid of the daylight and eat only pizza. But it has to be broken and you can see it with your own eyes!

2nd myth:

IT is no place for girls.

Did you know that the first person who introduced the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine was an English mathematician, Ada Lovelace? And first programmers were six women who were hired to work with ENIAC in 1940s and calculate ballistics trajectories. An interesting development of events, don’t you think? In the USA 25% of IT company workers are women and in Europe it is even 30% and the numbers are rapidly growing. So, the second myth is definitely busted.

3rd myth:

IT specialists are unsociable and true introverts.

When IT sphere was in its dawn and in search of pioneers the researchers developed the aptitude tests which identified the necessary skills for the future programmers. According to Nathan Ensmenger, an American historian of science, the findings of this tests showed that these people were not really different from other white-collar professionals but the only thing that contrasted was “disinterest in people” and that they disliked “activities involving close personal interaction”. So, that’s what’s behind it all, just an old deep planted stereotype which can be easily destroyed by the logic. IT pros usually work in teams, and teamwork presupposes close and frequent communication and result-oriented interaction.

4th myth:

They love everything connected with computers

Everybody somehow made conclusions that all IT guys eat and sleep with their computers and know everything about them and very often when a person with no understanding of IT hears that someone works in this kind of company, their first words are “Hey, can you help me reinstall my Windows?”. This myth even doesn’t need to be busted because the reason of it is just misunderstanding and absence of knowledge and such people should hope they’ve got to a patient specialist willing to explain why an apple is not an orange.

So, all the myths are busted, I’ve tried hard to clear the reputation of IT hard workers but how is it going in Mobilunity? Who works within the walls of our temple? Is our team just usual office workers who come exactly on time and can’t wait for the weekday to end? The answer is NO.

Our employees love their work and know how to do it. They will do everything possible to find the answer to the question and get their work done with high quality of performance. But that is not the only thing that matters. We have interesting broad minded people who can discuss the latest book by Stephen King and make you want to read it, tell the news if you haven’t managed to watch them, drink coffee and tell you about their travelling around the world or just make you tea when you forget the cup prepared on the table.

By the way, 67% of our staff are female. So, where is this IT-is-no-place-for-girls guy?

Well, all in all I’m sure the list of myths about IT pros can be endless because people tend to jump to conclusions without any grounds as often as they drink coffee but as our case study shows stereotypes can be broken. And the only thing I can tell you in the end is think twice before picturing someone in your head because people do the same with you. And who knows how funny you look like.

 

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