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4 Ways You Know You Work In Tech

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The tech industry is known for its hip, unorthodox business culture. There’s nothing quite like it in any other field — which makes it a competitive, yet rewarding business.

Once you get your foot in the door, you’re exposed to a whole new world of working that you thought only existed in movies.

Here are four ways you know you work in the tech space:

1. Relaxed Dress Codes

Have you ever walked into a tech startup to see a bunch of office drones in suits working on computers in cubicles? It would be surprising if you did. The culture in most tech firms promotes being able to wear literally anything that’s not nothing.

Pick your favorite, most comfortable outfit and imagine being able to wear that while making important business decisions and working on innovative new products — that’s what it’s like in tech. You can even tell who the managers are based on the amount of plaid they’re wearing. Only in tech.

2. It’s Basically The Fountain of Youth

Ever notice how absolutely nobody in the tech industry is over 50? Even if they are, you could have sworn they were 35 the way they keep themselves in shape. Working in tech is like working in an alternate universe where nobody ages (except you). Only in tech.

3. There Are Long Breaks Between Being Busy

It’s always bittersweet when you work in tech because you get accustomed to a certain lifestyle of basically doing nothing for a long time, and then suddenly there are four days where it’s just work non-stop. Sometimes you can even browse YouTube, post a tweet, and churn out quality work all at the same time!

But it’s that first day of not being able to browse Reddit or watch SNL on Hulu that really kills you. You know you have nothing to be complaining about. You knew you’d have to do the actual duties your job title consisted of eventually — but can’t it just wait two more hours so you can finish binge-watching Sherlock? Only in tech.

4. Your CEO Is The Coolest

Your boss, Joey (you’re practically fired if you call him anything else), read a study once saying that having a game room in the office increases productivity. So now your co-workers and you play ping-pong tournaments, blast each other in Call of Duty, and don’t even try to beat the high score on Pac-Man.

Non-tech CEOs tend to be in a completely different office or rarely interact with anyone other than the managers, but not at your company. The founder could be sitting next to you as you’re reading this, debating with another worker about how the X-Men franchise has been ruined from the beginning. Only in tech.

What other ways is the tech industry different than other fields?

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About the Author

Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010). Find Heather on Google+.

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