A compilation of misconceptions non-tech people have about devs (part 1 of 2) 😞
Oh boy, this is gonna be a fun one! 😂 Don't you just HATE it when people throw stereotypes your way or simply assume you have certain "traits" because you work in tech? I know you do, so read on! 👀
An unnecessary intro...
Need some background? If not, skip to the next section. If yes; you're in the right place!
So, what inspired this blog? Well, I vaguely remember the time we had a blockchain crash course at the university. Despite that being part of our curriculum (Information and Communication Technology curriculum), a student from the Faculty of Socio-economic Sciences joined us. The first half of the "crash course" was pure theory, so she could follow along. The second part however, was about programming so-called smart contracts (not as fancy as it sounds).
Long story short, at some point she got comfortable around me and a good friend and classmate of mine and said the following: "Wow, you guys sure are a fun bunch! I never thought ICT students were this sociable and friendly!". Mind you, she was being honest. Not an ounce of sarcasm there. Now, I couldn't help but get a bit annoyed. After all, why assume tech students are social misfits based on whatever dumb stereotype?
And so, this marvelous yet disastrous piece was born! Behold, for your eyes have never been blessed in this way before! 🤩 (What the code was that... 😂). Let us dissect some misconceptions! 🔍
Author's note: I shall refer to web devs, software engineers and the like as "devs" henceforth. Please bare with me! 🙇🏻♀️
Misconception #1: Devs are anti-social beings 😒
Well, I already somewhat busted this myth above. Sure, I HAVE met people who have very poor social skills. That does not mean they are anti-social per se, just much less "extroverted and bubbly" than the average. And guess what? That's FINE!
P.S.: I happen to be an introvert myself, but I do my best to flex my social muscles 💪🏻.
Misconception #2: All devs are gamers 🎮
This one is wrong on so many levels. There's a ton of things we do on computers other than programming. Playing games is one of them, but this is certainly NOT true for everyone in tech. I for once don't feel much for PC games. Heck, wish I had that much time on my hands to even play games. 🙄 I happen to prefer mobile games and usually don't stick to them for too long. So, nope; not all techies are gamers by definition. (Non-gamers, where you at?)
Misconception #3: Devs can solve ANY tech issue 🔨
Look, some of us are jacks of all trades, but one thing is for sure; we ain't gods!
Please don't ask me to check your PC for you if it looks like this:
Know that I have little interest in hardware, and therefore am incompetent when it comes to fixing it! 😂 In all seriousness. Non-techies need to understand our jobs a bit better. Don't ask a data analyst to remove malware from your PC. It ain't up their alley. Long story short: working in tech does not equate to being an omnipotent god that can fix everything. We have our specialized jobs for a reason, so please look into our responsibilities and don't assume we can fix everything tech-related. (We will at least try to turn it off and on again though).
Misconception #4: Devs are all nerds and geeks 🤓
Sorry to disappoint but there's the odd ones too. Those that are not geeky, not nerdy and not fond of anime (like I am, for instance 😬). Don't assume people's entertainment preferences from their line-of-work. Thanks.
Misconception #5: Devs never dress up 👩🏻💼👨🏻💼
Have you seen a dev at a wedding? I have not (-never gone to a wedding in her life-). Chances are that, if you did, they weren't wearing hoodies, shorts and some slippers. Some people seem to think that we, devs and engineers and the like, are the least professional-looking and fashionable fellas out there. WRONG. Some of us do enjoy looking sharp at all times. Others prefer to rock more casual outfits.
Bottom-line: we don't need the suit and tie. Bonus bottom-line: yes, presence matters but outfits do not per se denote level of professionalism 😉 (even though we judge people by their appearances. Topic for another time...).
In order to not kill you of boredom, I will keep it at this. However, do expect a second part on this topic. There's still a lot to unpack!
What are some assumptions non-tech people have made of you? I'm curious to know!
May the source be with you! 👩🏻💻👨🏻💻 See you next time!
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