Childhood Interest in IT and the Choice of IT as a Career: The Experiences of a Group of IT Professionals

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Title Childhood Interest in IT and the Choice of IT as a Career: The Experiences of a Group of IT Professionals
Author Potter, Leigh-Ellen Christine; Von Hellens, Liisa Annikki; Nielsen, Sue Hilary
Publication Title Proceedings of the 2009 ACM SIGMIS Computer Personnel Research Conference
Editor Norah Power, Kate M. Kaiser, Jack Downey, Damien Joseph
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
Abstract In this paper, we discuss the motivating factors behind Information Technology (IT) professionals and what drives their choice of IT as a career. In order to explore this a series of interviews with thirteen IT professionals have been undertaken including a set of preliminary interviews, interviews with IT professionals from a consultancy organisation and a tertiary institution working on a common project, interviews with IT professionals in a large government organisation, and questionnaires distributed to an online community. The individuals participating in this study generally described exposure to technology at an early age and a subsequent interest in technology. These participants went on in later years to show an intrinsic motivation for pursuing technology. For this group of people the opportunity to interact with technology while young assisted them in developing an interest in working with technology and in retaining that interest.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
ISBN 978-1-60558-427-0
Conference name SIGMIS CPR'09: Computer Personnel Research Conference
Location Limerick, Ireland
Date From 2009-05-28
Date To 2009-05-30
Date Accessioned 2010-03-03
Language en_AU
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Information Systems Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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