So You Want to Pursue a Career in Tech?
The myOptions Team
Nick Fang is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and works as a Full Stack Engineer at the National Research Center for College and University Admissions. He gave us some insight into his motivations to pursue a career in technology and advice for those considering a tech career.
Why did you choose a career in tech?
I always wanted to know how things work and spent a lot of time as a kid taking things apart and trying to put them back together. That led to taking things apart and trying to modify them. Taking AP classes in high school helped me understand more clearly how things work and guided me choose to study Electrical Engineering in college.
What is your favorite part of working in tech?
Working with great people to solve problems that help make people’s lives better.
What does your typical day-to-day look like?
A typical day starts with a short meeting with my co-workers to update each other on what we’re working on and the progress we’ve made. The rest of the day is spent implementing the different components of the project that we’re working on or fixing bugs that were found during testing and collaborating with co-workers to figure out the best way to solve the problems we are working on.
What is your advice to a high school student seeking a career in tech?
Don’t limit yourself to just going to class and trying to get good grades. Find things that are interesting to you and will help you develop your problem-solving skills like FIRST Lego League, being a mentor for afterschool Lego programs, joining a hackathon, or even something like Habitat for Humanity.