Why creative people should study ICT

Are you interested in studying ICT? I think many of you would reply “not really” to this question despite the fact that you are using ICT tools every single day (and right now). In our society there are many well-established stereotypes that IT jobs are not interesting – in fact, many people believe they are, probably, boring. But think about Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Do you think they felt bored inventing iPad or Facebook? I doubt it.

However, not everybody can become Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. So, the question is, can it be interesting to work in ICT on an everyday basis, even if you wouldn’t become one of the richest and most famous people on this planet?

Well, let me ask you another question: do you think it would be interesting to work as a musician or a visual artist? You think it would? So do I. But I also think that for instance programmers have much in common with people who make their living playing an instrument or being artistic in some other way.

Let’s say you’re a programmer. As a programmer, you must have an idea in your head and some knowledge or tools which will help you to implement this idea and bring it to life. As a creator of a program, you work like an artist does: trying to achieve a goal with a certain set of tools. In music, these tools could be instruments or ProTools, in art these tools could be brushes, pencils, coal, Photoshop and so on. In the computer world, a programmer uses codes and programming languages to create. Musicians, visual artists and programmers are really doing the same thing – only the tools differ.

That was, of course, only one example. However, most, if not all, ICT sector jobs will require creativity and imagination. The good thing is that these skills are not only useful when working, but also in your spare time. How about creating your own music video, game or just animation – for the whole world or only to your near and dear, you decide. It’s up to your imagination and creativity to decide what you wanna do with your e-skills.

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Picture by Gary Bridgman, http://www.flickr.com/photos/bridgman/486926786/

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