Normal people exists in tech roles?

andrelfa profile image André LFA ・1 min read

Hello, everyone!

Programing and related areas are surrounded by "gods" and "monsters" that started programing with 15 years old or maybe less and today have a startup or work on big tech companies like Facebook or Google?

Everytime I speak with them, I usually hear a history about how this person always loved technology and started in development with eleven or something, so I would like to know the life history of regular people who today work with tech, people that have interesteded for tech with 40 or that get a role in a tech position after years working in another profession. So, please, share this experiences with me :)

By the way, what is your opinion about this? Do you think that technology is surrounded by geniuses or it's just impression?


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I think it's more that the people who live and breathe tech are the ones most likely to talk about it and their experiences. The kind of people who come in, put in their 40 hours, then rarely think about code again until the next 40 hours aren't going to be writing blog posts and chatting your ear off about an article they read about the new Java features coming out.

I didn't really have internet until college (in 2010/2011) so I only kind of accidentally got into tech stuff after graduation. My high school had one computer class, and that was to teach Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to freshmen so they could do assignments. There was no firey passion for circuit boards or web apps in that town. I had a professor in college that loved how math intertwines with tech (he taught all the database courses) so he suggested I apply at the tech office where I still work now. I've since learned to like it :P


That's great! Very interesting, thank you for sharing your story with us :)


Very interesting post! I've loved the term "Dark Matter Developers" and indeed all the things that the author said are very real. Thank you for the recommendation!


It is not only in technology. I guess a bunch of professions have the same. Look at professional athletes, singers, etc.

Welcome to the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon :)