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Vision/Myopia and working in IT



9:44 pm on Nov 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm 25 and probably have slight myopia (realized recently that I cant see things in class if Im sitting too far away, but other students still can). Now, I'm wondering what this means for me and my future career.

Are there many opportunities to work with this web-stuff (or in IT in general) without having to sit in front of a monitor all day long, but spending a lot of the time doing offline-work?

I think I'm rather good with people and at explaining things in a simple way so the non-tech person can understand them (I've also worked as a tutor before and enjoyed it).

Do I stand any chance of working in online marketing in a way that involves as much non-monitor work as monitor work? For example, I guess as an SEO consultant (or other online marketing consultant), youll always have to keep up with the industry (reading blogs, etc.) and do hands-on SEO work, of course. However I can imagine that it might involve a lot of teaching/explaining without having to sit in front of a monitor (from my little SEO consulting experience).

What do you guys think about it? thanks for the help, already!


10:24 pm on Nov 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Myopia doesn't stop you from working on a computer. I have both severe myopia, plus presbyopia (middle-aged eyes), and I'm on the computer all day long.

I wear reading glasses (over my contacts) to see the screen. When I'm not wearing my contacts, I have a special pair of glasses for computer work, in which the whole lens uses my reading prescription, instead of bifocals.

If you want to teach, or do other non-staring-at-the-monitor things, by all means, go for it. But don't let a little nearsightedness get in the way of your plans.


10:29 am on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I guess I have a somewhat extreme security mindset ;)..so I wont let that stop me, but I always prefer to have a plan B, so to speak. That being said, I'd enjoy both (mostly in front of the monitor work & a role where I'd be more a consultant teaching people who don't know about the IT stuff, yet but need to learn it)


10:36 am on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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In the development cycle System Analyst comes to mind.

[edited by: Habtom at 10:38 am (utc) on Nov. 6, 2008]


1:25 pm on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I used to get quite agonising eye strain using a microfilm reader about 30 years ago. Getting an accurate diagnosis of the problem and correctly prescribed glasses was the answer.


3:15 pm on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You are going to struggle in 90% of jobs if you are unable to sit in front of a PC for long periods, unless you are willing to work in something like retail or nursing (and even then you will probably have a few hours a day in front of the PC)

To give you an idea though I work in a large company and spend between 2-6 hours a day in front of the screen, the rest of the time is meetings generally.

You can always print out blogs and such to reduce the amount of time doing on screen reading that you do, you can get glare reducers and set up your monitor to display in a way that you find comfortable, and you can also request that the company get screen reader technology and allow you to do that if you feel it is necessary to allow you to do your job. These are things that will apply whether you continue in a computer based field or not though, as I said there are few jobs where you can work without using the pc.


4:17 pm on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I can't imagine needing a screen reader or any other special technology for "slight myopia." Slight myopia is nothing. You go to the eye doctor, get a prescription for glasses or contacts, and you wear your glasses or contacts. It's no big deal.

Makaveli, having a plan B is never a bad thing. But don't worry about it. Lots and lots and lots of people have slight, moderate or severe myopia and work on computers just fine.


6:16 pm on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, Im just a very careful person (I guess not hard to tell) and have read (though I know there is no proof) that sitting in front of a computer might be something I want to possibly avoid if I can so it doesnt get worse than it needs to get (If I understand it correctly chances are that it will get at least a bit worse)...and I really do like working with people (though I'm not close to giving up this web thing!;)) so I'd enjoy doing something like that, actually.

I've always kind of thought that not sitting in front of a monitor all day long would be a good thing.

I also realize that Ill have to spend some time in front of a screen in any typ of job these days! would just like to reduce it where possible (even if its just good for my conscious or something lol)

@Yoshimi: 2-6 hour/ day in front of a screen sounds great to me. What kind of job/role is that? Do you have to do so much explaining to management and non tech-savy people?lol


9:20 am on Nov 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm a search analyst in a large company, so while my role is in front of the pc there is usually at least 1 hour a day in some sort of meeting, various bit of running about talking to people to get things done, and a bit on the phone too. I found working in a small company I never moved from my desk, but going into a corporate environment has been very different.

I worked in sales before this and that involved very little time in front of the computer (field sales) so if you are really concerned account management in an IT/web related field may be an option for you.


10:05 am on Nov 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi Yoshimi,

I'm not that concerned (though it probably osunded that way), but I'd simply prefer working in a job where I don't sit in front of the monitor all day long. Maybe my healthy-lifestyle thinking isnt the only reason for it (though probably the main reason), but maybe it also has to do with the fact that I just don't want to sit in front of a monitor all day long lol.

I used to have social anxiety issues when I was younger (wasn't able to read out loud in class my speech would just be blocked..and terrified of holding a speech (always found a way around it until college) and have gradually worked on my social skills for years, now..I've done public speaking voluntarily, and have probably spent hundreds (thousands?) of hours walking around town, parks, campus, etc. to make conversations with strangers (even though my success rate was probably 1 in a 1000 when I first began LOL). Nowadays, I probably have less social anxiety issues than other people, but I've taken a liking to it and am still trying to improve (I go to the library every day I dont have class and set some time aside from studying to take pauses and speak with people around (ok mostly girls ;))).

I guess I've kind of taken a liking to it and probably wouldn't mind some kind of human interaction being part of my job (though I sure like the nitt-gritty technical stuff ;)). I think other than that "extreme shyness problem" that I *used* to have (where my natural ability is clearly a lot worse than that of most), I've always had very good social skills (getting along with people, making friends, I probably haven't had an actual argument in over a decade).

This got me thinking if maybe I should get into a (IT-)career where social skills are very important not just for safety reasons, but on purpose.


10:10 am on Nov 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Ive actually thought about a sales type of job (selling SEO/other online marketing services) in IT, before. I assume being able to make lots of cold calls without hesitating and getting along well with people are important in sales? Don't think I'll do that any time soon (at the moment, I still like sitting in front of the monitor a couple of hours a day ;)), but am I right assuming that the demand for sales people (who are well-versed in SEO, Web Analytics, Online Marketing,...etc.) is probably a lot higher than the supply of people who can or are willing to do that?


10:18 am on Nov 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Sales would require that, but account management is about building long term relationships with customers who have already nbought your product, beinga able to explain to them what is happening, and what is going to happen, and making sure that the interests of both the company and the client are served. It takes a lot of patience and a desire to make things work for the client.

Sales is more of being able to build up an instant relationship, make the sale and move on.

Of course there are roles that require both skill sets, but there is usually focus on one or the other. Feel free to PM me about it if you want to chat some more.


11:58 am on Nov 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Yoshimi,

I don't have any further questions for now, though, so Ill spare you with a PM for now (might do it if I ever have a question about it again, though if y ou dont mind :-))

Interesting to see that those skills are pretty separate from one another (and jobs involving them)..on the one hand more the tutoring/teaching/patience/being a nice person (and having the ability to explain difficult things and make other people understand them (e.g. explaining briefly what an IP address is instead of assuming every non-techie understands this kind of jargon))....and on the other hand the cold-call kind of thing.

Anyway thanks for your input!


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