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What To Be or Not To Be?: The Tech Tea with Kimberly

Have you ever wondered what you are good at?

Have you just assumed that because you are good at something, you should do it as a career?

Well, I started out wanting to be a pharmacist, then a medical technologist, then anything that would keep me from taking Organic Chemistry ever again.

My career started based on what I wasn't good at...SCIENCE!

See science sucked for me, but computers were fascinating. So, after trying science for two years and taking a year off, I found my true love for technology in 1993 at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. I also found "me" there, which is another topic all together.

I was challenged and determined to carve out a career path doing what was interesting. The classes were hard, but not like science was to me. My professors were great too.

Shout out to my advisor, Mr. Wade for just being the best.

I found my will, I just had to figure out the way.

Things started to look promising when I accepted an internship in 1995 with the City of Memphis under IT Director, John Hourican. This alone should explain why I work so hard as the current Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the City of Memphis. It is really a full circle testimony...

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What I am saying is GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK. You do not have to have it all figured out to get started. Just simply start, start over, start again, whatever.

Honestly, there are days right now that I wish I had gone to law school.

Judge Kimberly Bailey has a nice ring to it.

Oftentimes I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I have been interested in the housewife role, but....never mind:(

If you struggle with finding your path or changing directions, here is a good article to read.


I am an ambassador for STEM careers and I think it is the most progressive career path to take. I know that technology is infused in everything, so no matter what your interests are, technology will be right there with you. Yes, artist, actor, musician, is here. Knowing this gives you time to explore and figure out what makes sense in your world.

Here is a cool list of STEM careers to check out.

Let me add some cuteness to help you out also. Follow Sam at @morewithsam

Did you grow up to be what you wanted to be? Tell us all about it in the comments.


Don't Trip, It's Just a Tip...

Delete Old Apps

This is a direct quote, but I need to do this myself:

"It may seem harmless to leave old apps kicking around on your phone or computer, but there are some downsides. First, they eat up a surprising amount of storage space. If you’re not using an app and you don’t have automatic updates turned on, then it’s easy to let it get out of date."


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I agree! You have to find what you love and what you are good at. Who knew, for me, finding errors in phone bills could be a 'thing.' I am good at it, love it (kind of like a treasure hunt) and it has supported me and my small team for the past 14 years=)

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That is awesome. Oftentimes the work finds you.

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