Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of the world’s largest social network, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), has said that more students should explore tech, and he is ready to support the cause. Zuckerberg said that learning computers opens a floodgate of opportunities, making it possible for the students to do what they want.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) CEO was speaking when he made a surprise visit to Redwood City’s Sequoia High School on Thursday. He said he would like to see more well paid techies and would be willing to also hire some of them in his company.
Zuckerberg categorically said that the way things work now is different from how things will work in future and thus the students should seize the opportunity to define that future.
“If you start with the assumption that everything in the future is going to be different than it is now, then it’s not true that anyone else knows any more than you guys do about what’s going to work in the future,”
Zuckerberg’s visit to the school is part of a wider Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) campaign to encourage young people, more so girls, to pursue professions in science, technology, engineering, and math – STEM.
Before Zuckerberg visited the school, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) CIO Tim Campos said that the company will be sponsoring an application development class in the school. The company donated 50 laptops, presented by Campos, as the initial step towards equipping the said class.
“Part of how I got to where I am in my career is I started playing with technology when I was your guys’ age,”
Campos said when he presented the laptops.
A Sequoia High junior called Rosie Valencia who had interned at Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) had an opportunity to interview Zuckerberg. Valencia further disclosed that she too would like to encourage more girls to learn how to code, saying that when she began, none of her friends even knew what she was doing.
The move by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is a way to introduce more young people to programming as a strategy to tap into new ideas and develop new products from the future’s perspective.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.