Why You Don't Have to Be a Techie to Attend (or Even Work for) iD Tech

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One of the most rewarding things we hear from our campers is, once they come to camp with us, they realize they’ve found “their people.” Our campers feel seen, understood, and accepted in a way they may never have before.

However, your student doesn’t have to be a techie to love iD Tech. I know this firsthand.

How this English major found her people

I’ve never been very technical. I have an aura that, whenever I approach a piece of technology (computers, televisions, sometimes even the microwave), said piece of electronics finds some way to stop working. The only part of computer class in middle school at which I excelled was typing really fast, and if you ask me how to filter an Excel sheet, I tilt my head to the side and utter an eloquent, “Huh?”

Regardless, I work at iD Tech, and I love every second of my job. I, too, have found my people, and I didn’t need a technology background to do so.

I was an English major in college, and now I’m Editorial Lead in the iD Tech Main Office. I get to play with words, finesse them, and polish them every single day. But I’m going to tell you a secret—I didn’t even want to apply to iD Tech at first.

Gasp! But whyever not?

Because I was operating under the assumption that to work for a company that teaches STEM to children, you had to, oh I don’t know, know something about STEM, beyond simply what STEM stands for. I mean a large percentage of iD Tech employees know a ton about STEM; summer staff, for example, are experts in their respective STEM fields. But not this English major.

I applied at the urging of a now-coworker, passed a phone interview, and figured I should go to the in-person interview for practice, if nothing else.

Well, I walked out of that 45-minute interview 100% sold on iD Tech, its culture, its principles, and its mission. I quickly wanted this job more than I’d wanted any in my history. And, without a lick of STEM knowledge to my name and computers regularly tweaking out on me for no reason, I got the job.

Now, every day I find new reasons to enjoy my work, and my coworkers. They’re my tribe, my people, and I’m so grateful for the path my life has taken to get me here.

How your non-techie student will fit in too

iD Tech’s culture of acceptance and inclusion has been present since day one, so it’s impossible to say if it started with summer staff or Main Office folk or both. It flows effortlessly from full-timers to instructors and back, because it’s not about where we are. It’s about who we are.

From the moment you check your camper into our care, their instructor engages them with their new coursemates via introductions and games. Within five minutes, even our most shy students are laughing and finding common ground with their peers.

That common ground doesn’t have to be what video games they play or what their Minecraft stats are either; our instructors can help your student find non-tech topics of conversation, like what’s the most recent movie they saw or what superpower would they have, if they could choose?

Add to that the literally dozens of games our instructors learn at our in-person trainings, plus the ones they make up themselves every summer, and your student—regardless of tech experience—will be pumped and ready to tackle their week of camp with an army of new friends at their back.

But what if they’re not excited about the course material? What if you know the benefits of coding for kids or how robotics will shape our future, but your camper is less than enthused? Our instructors, and our curriculum, have that covered too!

Our robust curriculum comes with a variety of projects to suit individual student’s skill levels and interests. Is your student a complete game design novice? Our curriculum covers beginner and advanced techniques. Got a student who really, really wants to vlog about the history of tea, but the instructor isn’t familiar? They’ll take it upon themselves to find out, and help your student craft the best darn tea vlog ever recorded (also possibly the only one ever recorded, who knows?)

Don’t let computer camp myths fool you. Our goal for our campers is our mission: to create life-changing summer camp experiences that embolden students to shape the future.

Encourage your non-techie student!

Of course I’m a wee bit biased—as a non-techie who was effortlessly accepted into the fold of Main Office life at iD Tech, I feel strongly about our principle of authentic inclusion. How can I not? I experienced it to such an extent during a single interview that I was hooked immediately.

Your student will experience it too. Our culture isn’t limited to the Main Office—it’s nationwide, it’s at every camp location, it’s exemplified in the eager smiles and high-fives of our summer staff. I found my people; your student will too.

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Aurora is a perpetually happy girl whose heart belongs to all things gothy and dark, from Evanescence albums to horror movies to Edgar Allan Poe. She graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in English, focused in Creative Writing, and joined iD Tech in 2015.