History Lesson: What IT Pros Were Like in School

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-11-03 Email

If your managers and colleagues could find out what you were really like in high school, would your first reaction be … instant panic? Don't worry. We're not going to give away any embarrassing secrets about those possibly traumatic days—which some of you may be trying to forget. But a recent survey from Code School provides some interesting insights into the way both men and women coders and software developers grew up. Most of the research focuses on the survey participants' high school lives. You may be interested in finding out whether the boys or the girls earned higher GPAs, and which gender was most likely to procrastinate on a term paper. And you may be surprised to learn that these future techies were hardly nerds: Both the boys and girls pursued interests that had nothing to do with technology—although many still enjoyed exploring what their computers could do. The research also compares the earning power of men and women who responded to the survey, and we've included that information here. An estimated 2,200 coders and developers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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