Questions and Queries: A philosopher’s plunge into the world of technology.
In December 2011, I graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in philosophy, and a new career in management and IT consulting. For anyone who has made that career choice, you may be shocked to see that I had not just a BA, but a BA in philosophy! Needless to say, I was blessed to have the opportunity to get my foot in the door at such a great firm, when so many other shops did not even consider my application.
Why did I choose philosophy?
When college application time arrived senior year of high school, I found myself at a loss for what degree to pursue. Engineering was for guys like my dad; teaching was not my thing,; medicine meant more biology classes; business seemed to be all about money. Philosophy was the only degree that struck a chord with me, as my favorite English teachers always drove me and my fellow students to find the meaning behind the writing.
I (only barely) convinced my parents I would pursue a career in Law with my philosophy degree, as the courtroom excited me, and it seemed the only practical application of my studies. Well, that dream lived on until I took my first introductory law class at UT. Needless to say, comparative law killed my idealistic dreams of that career path.
Why did I choose management/IT consulting?
After deciding Law was not for me, I still stuck with philosophy. I embraced my coursework, as it captured my interest. Each class involved approaching a problem, breaking it down into its component parts, analyzing it by comparing old, new, and personal thought, and pulling everything together for a coherent solution. Little did I know, philosophy was preparing me for the world of consulting, as that methodology is a common approach to each project in my line of work.
My sophomore year of college, I studied abroad in Spain. While I was there, I also had the opportunity to travel a bit, one of the destinations being Casablanca, Morocco. While I was there, I stayed with a friend that owned a small surfing company. From that experience, I considered owning my own business some day. Over the next few months, that consideration evolved into my desire to pursue consulting, as the experience gained is broad and deep. From there, I continued my philosophy degree, while also taking on a few courses from UT’s Business Foundations program. When it came time for interview season, I found a company I fell in love with, and I have been working for them since.
Why am I writing this blog?
Along the way, be it during my education, prepping for interviews, or learning for my day-to-day job, I have relied heavily on internet blogs. So many talented developers have contributed vast amounts of knowledge to the public, and I feel a strong need to give back. In this blog, I intend to write about:
- BizTalk/Visual Studio
- Other software I come in contact with
- Macs for home and work use
- Various other topics I find interesting
I hope this blog will be of use to anyone searching for answers, as I do every day. If you find something particularly helpful, please leave a comment and pass along a link for others to peruse!