Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I wasn't expecting much, yet I was blown away. Before me and beside me were folks from the gazillions of little software companies right here in Vermont, representatives from the universities and colleges right here in Burlington, entrepreneurs, corporate types — all with one message.
The message I got was this. We are in a new age. It's not enough to be arts and literature-savvy. It's not enough to be a math or technology guru. The most successful people are not the ones with the bright, shiny MBAs, but the ones who know how to figure stuff out...how to ask questions...how to envision new applications to solve old problems...those who are not afraid of technology, but also know how to build a relationship with a human being.
I agree. The people I want to work with are the ones who experiment, who ask questions, who see problems and start working on solutions. People who get art, who get technology, and aren't afraid to try new things.
I wrote a profile of Physician's Computer Company last week for the Tech Biz Issue. I didn't put this in the article, but at one point, I asked Chip Hart what PCC looks for in candidates for its entry level jobs. He told me the most important thing is that people are smart. That they can pick things up quickly and think on their feet.
I think that's what Ann's getting at, too.
Thanks for quoting me. "Smart" is no longer about IQ, or what degree you have, or how well-read or well-traveled you are. Yay!
The tech jam lit a fire under my butt, affirming that yes, Virginia, there are plenty of places in the work world for us fearless dreamers, intrepid inventors, and dabbling techie nerds who don't fit neatly into any of the traditional career models our those standardized 8th grade tests (the ones where you fill in thos tiny circles with a number 2 pencil) told us we should pursue.
I'm already fantasizing about next year's event. I want to be involved. Count me in.
Posted by: Ann Zuccardy | Jan 29, 2008 9:07:38 PM
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