This year has been the best year I’ve ever had in my professional career. I got my first plaque, first merit bonus, first technical leadership position, first certification and many many other firsts as well. 2016 has been a fantastic year and I wouldn’t change it from a professional stand point one bit. However, I know that achievements alone are not going to fulfill my life.
I have also become quite cognizant of how my child hood impacted my life and career. I never had to get a job to support my family or help put food on the table, so I got to spend my summers learning PERL or screwing with Linux on my personal desktop. My child hood enabled me to learn and play with technology in a way that benefited me when it came to my career.
Now, I am not saying I regret my childhood at all. I had life easy and got to enjoy “First world problems” rather than the problems faced by the poverty stricken here in the US and around the world. I didn’t get an allowance and my first car wasn’t a beamer, but I had a reliable car and all the resources I needed and most of what I wanted. It was good, and I’d definitely sign up for a second round.
However, as I have begun to be more aware of the world I live in, I realize that not everyone was given this opportunity. There are youth all around who are unable to enjoy the same opportunities I did because of poverty or divorce or poor parental decisions and I don’t feel like that’s “fair.” Not only do I feel it’s unfair, but I want to do something about it.
I know I can’t give someone a good child hood and I know that it’s impossible to think I could ever eliminate “bad childhoods” from existence. There will always be chaos and disadvantaged individuals in the world, but that doesn’t mean that the advantaged people, such as myself, should stand idly by.
So one of my goals as I end 2016 is to find a way to give someone else their best year professionally. I want to sew the seed into someone’s life, regardless of their age, that allows them to confidently approach their career so they can focus on other parts of their life without worrying about their next meal.
Are you this person? Do you know someone eager to get into IT but doesn’t know where to start? Have them reach out to me through the site contact form and I’ll gladly start the conversation. Don’t know anyone, but like the idea? Share this post on social media and get the word out. Together we can offer everyone, regardless of their background or childhood, the opportunity to control their career through Information Technology.