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October 15, 2021

Gary Tong, Toronto Hydro

This profile is part of a series in support of Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 3, 2021. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada. With the pandemic continuing to change how students learn, the 27th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day presented by RBC Future Launch will be back with a virtually delivered look at the world of work for Grade 9 students across Canada.
 
This year’s theme – You Belong Here! – will expose young minds, as they enter their first year of high school, to a wide range of careers reflecting the full diversity of students, interests and the future world of work.
 
To learn more and register, go to takeourkidstowork.ca.

Job title: 

Manager, IT Portfolio Management 

In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:

...to be the biggest nerd. My passion was for computers before the internet and personal computers became popular.

The skills I rely on most in my role are:  

Technical skills, communication, collaboration

Q. What preparations / prerequisites are important to be successful in IT?

 A. There are many areas in IT, from database and network infrastructure to mobile app and 3D game development. You should explore as many of these as possible before settling in. Firstly, you’ll gain a wide range of knowledge and develop an appreciation in each area. Secondly, you’ll need to be good in math and science. They’re the building blocks for all advanced concepts, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and robotics. Communication is also an important skill for IT, because you’re often working in a team of people with different skill sets. Lastly, you should be passionate, which means putting in effort and having a willingness to fail. IT is fun, but there will be challenges along the way. It could be a bug that’s difficult to fix or the code isn’t behaving the way that you want. By being passionate, you’ll overcome these challenges and be successful in IT.
 
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