We all know a gimmick when we see it--and we get pitched a lot of gimmicks. However, there is some worthwhile technology out there, and you don't have to be a programmer to find and use it.
Society has this concept of the "ivory tower professor," but the image of professors...coddled to death by privilege just doesn't match up with reality.
The question doesn't read like an interview question at all. It sounds like a friendly bid to get to know you...[t]he problem is, they are still businesses. They still want employees with skill sets that meet their needs and experience that lends itself to the job.
It's strange, looking back, that I never considered how teaching might change me. Often, as professionals preoccupied with learning objectives and educational outcomes, our focus is outward, on the impact we should have on other people, yet the impact our students have on us is just as lasting.
Your college education, whether technical or liberal arts, is an investment in your future. By choosing a school that matches your goals, making practical financial choices, and taking advantage of financial assistance, it is possible to make your college experience yield a worthwhile return on investment.
None of this information is meant to dissuade anyone from a college teaching career. However, understanding what you're in for can help you decide whether this is the right fit for you and how best to prepare for the challenges before you.
Many factors impact how successful a college graduate becomes, some of which are difficult to control, so picking a major just because you think it will get you a job or help you make a lot of money probably isn’t the best decision.
The right choice for you--either technical school or university--depends on the career goals you want to pursue and the type of institution that will best help you reach those goals.