#ILookLikeAFutureEngineer: Inspiring technology careers for the next generation


In my past as a Campus Recruiter, I had the chance to visit classrooms and talk to students about careers in technology. I also had the opportunity to help with field trips when Hyland hosted middle school and high school students. When interacting with these students, I always ask them what they want to be when they grow up. I’m never surprised to hear the typical responses: Doctor, Lawyer, Firefighter and Police Officer.

All admirable careers!

But after spending time highlighting some really cool jobs and showing them around our campus, I’d like to see more students confident in choosing careers in computer science.

Students are growing up in a world where technology impacts their day-to-day lives, and who knows what advances will come in the next five to 10 years. Many of these students have smartphones, tablets and multiple other devices they utilize, yet only a few are interested in learning more about technology and developing their own app, software or other new technology.

#ILookLikeAnEngineer and the changing perception of tech jobs
However, I was really inspired after reading articles and social media posts about #ILookLikeAnEngineer. It’s become apparent that the role of an engineer is making a major transition away from the stereotype.

And, engineering is now gaining interest from more women who are making huge impacts within the technology industry!

How Hyland is helping change that perception
In fact, here at Hyland, we’ve seen an increase in interest from young girls and women interested in attending our competitions, camps, field trips, and our Hy-Tech Club. I love the Hy-Tech Club. It’s a chance for students to meet each week after school and learn about new tech concepts and work on projects they present at the end of the semester.

Together, these programs are spurring future professionals to join our organization as interns and full-time employees. In the last year, our female employee base has increased by 12 percent, and I’m hoping to see that trend continue.

The main goal of the Hy-Tech Club is to spark youth interest in technology. Not just using technology, but getting behind the scenes and learning how to code.

The Hy-Tech Club does just that. It offers both beginner and advanced levels to build foundations for those who don’t have coding experience and challenges the more experienced students with advanced projects. I’m hoping this program continues to be successful.

It might even help you look in the mirror and say, “I look like a future engineer!”

If you’re interested in learning more, please email me directly with any questions. Our next semester of Hy-Tech Club begins September 15, meeting on Tuesday nights from 5-7 p.m. at Hyland’s Building 3.

You can find the application here. But don’t hesitate! The deadline is this Friday!

Caitlin Nowlin

Caitlin Nowlin

Caitlin Nowlin is Hyland’s tech outreach program manager. Her mission is to give Hyland employees the chance to help close educational gaps in computer science while providing students opportunities to... read more about: Caitlin Nowlin