About The Book

The book, “How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education,” is part of CompTIA’s NextUp initiative to interest teens in tech careers. NextUp is funded by CompTIA and managed by Creating IT Futures.

Eaton’s “T in STEM” guide provides parents of tweens and teenagers – from middle school through high school— with an insider’s view of today’s tech careers and reveals a vibrant, diverse industry bursting with opportunities that are easier for eager students to seize than many may imagine.

In line with these findings, Eaton provides parents and other readers with practical counsel and resources in the “T in STEM” guide:

  • Defining the role of a “technologist” in varied businesses and industries at companies large and small around the globe.
  • Busting seven common myths about technology careers, such as “Technology is all about coding and math” and “To work in technology, you need a four-year college degree.”
  • Scoping the level and depth of opportunity in the tech-related job market, an industry with more than half a million open positions in the U.S. at any given time.
  • Providing pointers for recognizing traits in young students that suggest they will succeed in technology careers.
  • Identifying “educational pathways”, such as makerspaces and boot camps, that motivated parents can place their tweens and teens on today that will prepare them for tomorrow – and deliver some fun and entertainment in the meantime.
  • Introducing readers to an array of diverse people working as technologists today, who followed a variety of paths to success.

About The Author

CHARLES EATON is a father to four children, ranging from elementary school age to working adult, and leads three philanthropic endeavors for CompTIA, the world’s largest IT trade association. As executive vice pres- ident of social innovation, Eaton oversees NextUp, CompTIA’s newest ini- tiative to introduce middle schoolers to the possibilities of tech careers, and CompTIA Giving, which supports tech-focused charities through – nancial and volunteer resources. As the CEO of Creating IT Futures, he leads CompTIA’s IT workforce charity which enables people to improve their lives through employment in the IT industry.

Eaton joined CompTIA in June 2010 and has 23 years of nonpro t management experience. Prior to joining CompTIA, he was responsible for fundraising, business development and marketing for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), a grow- ing healthcare association focused on improving healthcare quality and patient safety. Before joining APIC, Eaton was vice president of member relations for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which organiz- es the largest tradeshow in North America, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Eaton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Duke University.