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Inside CompTIA CEO's Book on Preparing Kids for Tech Careers

Charles Eaton, CEO of CompTIA's Creating IT Futures charitable arm, makes a persuasive pitch to parents whose kids are nervous about tech-centric career paths.

A new eBook from Creating IT Futures CEO Charles Eaton pitches parents on tech careers for their kids.

Last year, the first edition of a book titled How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education made its debut in March. Somewhat later, I belatedly blogged about its release for Tom’s IT Pro.

 

The book did well enough that a second edition has already been produced and made available in eBook and printed from. The book is a short (112 pages) and to-the-point treatise on what learning and prepping for a career in technology is all about.

 

It’s infinitely calm and reassuring, especially for parents (and kids) who may know that technology is important stuff, but who are not otherwise be too comfortable or familiar with the subject matter. It's a great way to introduce kids to a career path they may be timid about pursuing.

 

Author Charles Eaton, CEO of tech industry association CompTIA's Creating IT Futures charitable arm, starts out by busting a series of often-repeated and widely believed myths about technology, including the following:

 

● Technology is all about coding and math.
● To work in technology, you need a four-year college degree.
● If it’s not at Facebook or Google, it’s not a technology job.
● A tech career means being stuck at a desk.
● Money is the main benefit of a tech job.
● My kids won’t listen to me.
● Tech jobs are going overseas.

 

Eaton does a good job of analyzing what’s behind these shibboleths, and of explaining why they just aren’t so. He then launches into an insightful analysis of what working in tech is like and what it involves, including both the tech job market and the broad range of roles and positions that qualify as “tech jobs.”