You’re 25, but you’ve never even been to college.
You’ve never worked in a movie studio.
You’re a computer programmer and a software developer, but in the meantime, you’ve been a baby.
And this baby has the potential to change everything.
“You can think of your career trajectory as being like a child, or as a newborn,” says Mark Luecke, author of the new book Baby, the New Year, and Beyond: A Guide to the New Workplace.
“It’s a time of excitement and a time when things happen and you can really see what’s coming and where you’re going and where your future is going.
It’s the best time in your life.”
When you’re in your 30s You’ve probably been doing this for years and you’re already thinking about what’s next: “I want to work on this software development company that’s building this video game or this new app,” Lueccke says.
You have this idea that you’re destined to get there.
“The fact that you have this young, vibrant baby and you’ve got this amazing job that’s not going anywhere,” Luede says, “that’s a very, very good feeling.
You feel like you’ve done your job.
You don’t need to worry about the future.
You know you’re doing it right.
You can make a career of it.”
Luecek, a former tech entrepreneur, now leads a team of programmers and game developers at the firm Travian Games, which he co-founded in 2012.
His goal is to create a better workplace for people with babies.
Luecik says his clients are young people who have grown up with technology, and he’s seeing the baby industry as an opportunity to nurture that technology with young, talented people.
“We’ve been hearing from the industry that it is so important to find young talent, that there’s an industry of young people with the same skill set,” Luescek says.
“They’re just really hard to find and they’re often overlooked.
So when you find someone who has this incredible talent and a baby, it’s really rewarding.”
How do you find young programmers and developers?
“I think the first thing we need to do is find out who the baby is,” Luercek explains.
“At Travia, we’ve heard stories of people who just didn’t know how to code.
It just didn.
Then we found out they had a baby and they were really interested in learning.
So we took that on.”
Luescik and his team then created a curriculum to teach them the basics of programming.
And the baby boomers are learning.
According to a 2016 report from the Association of American Colleges of Technology, the percentage of babies who are enrolled in a STEM-related program at a four-year public institution in the U.S. is at a record high, up from 20% in 2012 to 29% in 2018.
“Our industry is really embracing the idea of having a baby,” Lucecke says, but the baby’s role in that equation is important.
“I’m definitely going to be more focused on baby-related opportunities than anything else in my career,” Luingcke notes.
They’re not doing anything to promote this new technology or this exciting new career. “
There are a lot of baby-focused companies in the industry.
They’re not doing anything to promote this new technology or this exciting new career.
And for a lot people who are not tech savvy, this can be a big challenge.”
What about new jobs?
Lueckers team has found a few companies that are doing some really interesting baby-themed programming.
“A lot of the baby-oriented companies that we’ve seen that have been doing really interesting projects in the baby space are doing this really, really well,” Lucke says of the companies he’s worked with.
For instance, Travion Games has developed an educational app that uses baby-friendly language to teach toddlers how to read.
Luck is working with a company called PigeonPals to create interactive baby apps, which include a baby character that can help teach the kids about social etiquette.
And at the New York Times, Luecki and co-author Adam Johnson are working on an educational game called Baby’s Room that teaches the kids how to play games like “crocodile Dundee” and “a very popular game with very little rules.”
“It was very exciting for us to be able to work with them and to be inspired by them and be able do this really cool baby-inspired game that is not really that well-known,” Lucci says.
The app, which is currently in development