As I told you the other day, my son Aaron is in his final year of high school, and at this time he is starting to think about his future: what his college course should be, what kind of job he wants to have, etc. With these things in mind, Aaron and I are having a series of meetings with some of my friends who are in the computer field, as that is where Aaron’s interests focus.
For our first meeting, I chose to have Aaron meet with Chris Cubos. Chris is a really nice guy, a fellow that I have known for years now. Chris owns and operates a company called Philippine Global Outsourcing, and has had many other companies over the years. Chris is involved in all types of different work including App development, Graphics design, Animation, Adobe Flash development and others. He has clients from all over the world, and has a staff of more than 25 people working on these projects.
I was surprised at Aaron’s reaction with Chris. Aaron tends to be a shy person normally, pretty reserved, unless he knows you well. He had never met Chris before, but somehow Aaron seemed to identify with Chris really well, and he opened up right away and engaged in conversation with Chris pretty effortlessly. Perhaps because they “spoke the same language” when it comes to computer stuff. Aaron is really into Video games, and it seems that Chris has plenty of background in that too.
Aaron and Chris talked about what types of jobs and work are possible in the field, what type of courses to study and such. Chris also recommended two different Colleges in Davao that would be good for Aaron to look into. The colleges he recommended were UP Mindanao and Ateneo. Chris emphasized that it is best to study either Computer Science or Engineering, as those courses will offer the biggest challenge, and also the best career opportunities.
One thing that surprised me a bit was that Chris really encouraged Aaron to play a lot of different video games! Chris said that by doing this you can gain more aptitude for how to develop, features that should be included and such. Aaron was really happy to hear this bit of advice!
To me, though, the biggest and most valuable piece of advice that I heard from Chris was that Aaron should really study math as much as possible, because it will be needed in the field. He kept repeating over and over that math was very important, and encouraged Aaron to find ways to move ahead in math and get extra study in the area. I hope that Aaron will do this, and I will encourage him to do so.
Another important point that Chris made was that in the computer field, things move forward very rapidly. What you learn today may apply only for a few weeks or months before it is already old and outdated. Chris said that he does a lot, lot, lot of reading to keep current in the field.
I was really happy with the way that this meeting went for Aaron. I could see him soaking up what Chris told him, and I could see his enthusiasm increasing during the meeting, and for several days afterwards too.
Thank you so much Chris for taking the time to meet with Aaron and I. Your help was really invaluable to Aaron, and I appreciate that greatly.