Stereotypes are massively damaging. They don’t only apply to race, religion, or gender, people stereotype everything they are unfamiliar with.
Now that’s not to say anyone will ever truly suffer from stereotypes for being in the IT world, but their career certainly can be harmed by these stereotypes.
There is hope, though, as an individual you can begin to truly stand out when you defy other people’s expectations of you. Part of the concept of branding involves being remarkable. If you fit the outline of what an individual expects, you automatically will stand out in their mind. While you should never go about acting disingenuous, you can easily make yourself stand out by keeping in mind other’s expectations and acting against them.
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