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I'm DONE with the IT field!

By austin316 ·
I regret that fact that I spent 4 years studying my *** off to enter a career that is stressful, demands never-ending BORING study, and calls for ever-increasing sacrifices of personal time in return for a job that offers average pay and doubtful prospects for long-term employment!

This is the only field where 20 years of experienced is used AGAINST you. It seems to have a good career in IT, you have to kill yourself with IT 24/7...and you're still booted out when you're 35 or 40. I know I'm not the only who feels this and I've decided to plan an exit strategy to leave the field because I've had enough.

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Good for you!

by jkameleon In reply to I'm DONE with the IT fiel ...

http://techrepublic.com.com/5254-6257-0.html?forumID=99&threadID=180722&messageID=1873703&id=4210633

I'm in the field for 25 years. I've never studied for it. Got in there from manufacturing during the IT boom & labour shortage phase, and got stuck. I'm lingering in here only because job prospects in manufacturing are even worse, and I have no better idea.

I've been through many bust cycles, and I've seen many of my collegaues leaving this field. None of them ever came back. One of them now works as a dog food salesmen, for example, refusing all IT job offers. Things like this make me wonder like what the **** am I still doing here, but then again... pension is not that far away, I'm still making a reasonable ammount of money, so- why bother?

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Now there's a job

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Good for you!

you can sink your teeth into.

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Been in technology for 27 years

by dave.schutz In reply to Now there's a job

I've worked in IT for 7 years and electronics for 20 years before IT and I guess I'm lucky to still be here and am happy with it. You have to have the aptitude to work in IT, so you can take the good with the bad.

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35 years in IT

by MR 'T' In reply to Been in technology for 27 ...

I have spent 35 years in IT, the last 20 at the same company - one of the top 100 places to work for. The job is never boring, pay is adequate, benefits are tops.

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Another 35 years' experience.

by jeff.allen In reply to 35 years in IT

I have been in this company for 14 years, but 21 years with a previous company that was merged with my present company: 35 years total.
I have thought the same: What's next? When will I be considered too old/burnt out etc? I am 54 years old and one of my bosses told me only yesterday "You are too valuable to get rid of", when I was discussing taking a package. Comforting indeed!
I have been down the "I am no good any more, lifes not worth living" path quite a few times, so I have "been there done that". It was during one of these lows, that I was asked to complete some hardware training on a new box my company is selling. When I found it runs Solaris and that after many years absence from the Solaris arena, I hadn't forgotten a thing, I thought "This job is not bad after all!".
The secret? Variety! Don't get stuck doing the same thing. Work in an area where there HAS to be variety in what you do. I work in our nation's capital, which only has 350,000 people. I am part of a team of 6 hardware guys, looking after everything my company sells. Desktops to mainframes and everything in between. There's always something new coming along, there's always plenty of scope for training and advancement in both hardware and software. I am currently trying a new venture which is showing a consustent 25% plus saving in Customer Service costs, - nationwide.
When folks ask me how I can stay in one job for 35 years, I say that it hasn't been the same job. The company has stayed the same (so I have all the benefits of long service etc) but the job itself changes every few years.
How does this help you? If you like the "IT" field, make sure you are doing what you WANT to do. If you feel variety will help, try and get into a company that covers different aspects of our industry, even if it means a low-start job with a big company. If you are any good, you will climb the ladder to be in a better position you would have been in, by staying with the single focus company, and you will have gained the benefits of knowing your company, being loyal (remember that word?) and the benefits of long service.
It is only my opinion, but I feel some folks try and find that magic perfect job, from day one. And move from company to company, trying to find it. It's better to get into a job that has the potential to be that perfect job, and build it up.
Worked for me!

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Never a Dull Moment in over 30 years

by ThomGordon In reply to Another 35 years' experie ...

I remember being bored as a young computer technician (when punched cards ruled!). I couldn't imagine spending my life just fixing hardware. 4 years and an Engineering degree later, I slid my way back into the IT job market. Within a year I was using computers and software to do amazing things. I have done it all. Permanent, Contracting, Software, Database, Networks, Graphics, Database, etc., etc...

It has been the mental challenge of finding new ways of doing old things faster-better-cheaper that has kept me going. The same challenge that made Air Traffic Control look boring to me a few years ago (I am not kidding!). I like fast-pace, fully-filled 8 to 12 hours days to keep the blood flowing.

I dread days where I am not busy. They drag and seem painfully long. I thrive on discovery and novelty. If you can't keep up to the rapidly evolving pace of IT, perhaps you would be better off cleaning tables at McDonalds (a noble profession, none the less). Mundane careers can't compare to the profound stimulation of nurturing computers to help mankind move past individual accomplishments to achieve things on a grander scale.

Imagine, if you will, that we can perform feats on a global platform, move mountains, fly to the moon. Believe it or not, computers and technology make these possible and even easier. If you can't see yourself helping others achieve amazing things, perhaps you should settle for second best.

It can be frustrating to have obsolete skills or even the wrong skills for the job of your dreams but the world is alive with too much to accomplish and too few to get it done. So hit the street and don't look back. Believe it or not you can always learn new tricks, no matter how old you are. All you need is the desire to try and the willingness to 'get on with it'.

Live long and Prosper

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Well said !!

by josh.dwyer In reply to Never a Dull Moment in ov ...

I agree with you whole-heartedly my good man. I have not been in the business not more than 10 years and I has been that best ten years.

In November 2005, I resigned my job as a systems administrator because I found more pleasure in providing not only network and server solutions for individuals but for businesses as a whole.

Too many times I've seen CEOs and Presidents implement duct tape solution for their company that handle $Billions. I've found my passion in the IT business. When I stop I will teach.

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Use some makeup and attract...

by vishnoo.rath In reply to Never a Dull Moment in ov ...

No offense to women here, but just as they use makeup to seem more attactive, we IT "GUYS" too need to use our own makeup, so that we are more noticable. One of the few ways of doing that is to pick-up on an area that interests you and start a blog on the topic. You need not be working on it at your job, but as a hobby nevertheless.

If you have passion for that technology or subject you blog on, sooner or later you will start getting noticed. Of course all this won't happen overnite, but then its like an investment. Needs anywhere between 6 - 18 months.

If you are real good at it, you might even get offers from companies. One example was Sysinternals.com - they were so good MS finally - after much threats & arm twsiting - brought the company and hire the two founders.

Bottom Line - Do you want a JOB in IT or do you want a CAREER in IT?

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Another 30 year Veteran

by OKNightOwl In reply to Another 35 years' experie ...

Well I can relate to BOTH of you in a sense. I've been in Electronics since '74, dealing with stuff you never dreamed was possible at the time. I've had some Long Term (8-10years) employment stints, the time was because of corporate aquisitions, and a conflict with military service in the 90's, and the lets play with the health care ideas of the Clinton Years. I believe I have been Proactive by learning as much as possible, Certifications were not thought up at the time, and getting a degree was my dream and I finally got it. My problem is, when I go for interviews - managers either look at my past accomplishments with disbelief, and with concerns for their own employment future. OR that the solutions I came up with worked for that time and scenerio, but violated every concept that they envisioned yet made the mission or project a success, and it conflicted with their ideas of what they would or should do.

I've worked Mainframe arena with everything that connects to the channel, learned PC's & Software the hard way - Trial & Error, worked some projects and accomplished what should not have been able to do, stepped up to the plate when there was a need for someone to fill in the gap, and now it all seems to haught me.

I've been labled "Too Rigid", told that "the Position will not challenge you enough", You don't have the proper credentials, etc. Give me a break, I know I can complement and enhance the IT efforts of any company. Now I also find that in order to be considered for a position you have to have the MCP, MOUS, MCSE, MCSA, CCNE, CCNA, A+ Turbo, and all the other Alphabet Soup stuff PLUS they want you to have a Masters Degree in CIS for a job that pays only $17.00 per hour. Some agencies are getting rich off of the talent and experience of those they place. I still love my work, and enjoy the challenges that it offers, but soon I believe that I need to settle down and find something with some longevity. The only thing I want is, fair compensation for what I do, recognitioun for what I accomplish, and the ablility to contribute where I can. People or Friends that I have helped along the way to get their initial starts in IT are not too helpful or willing to recipricate, or they are so concerned for their own welfare, hence I struggle with doing what is right and continue to help them or just look out for myself, and let them sink or swim by their own merits. Just so I can sleep at night I think I'll continue to do what is right!

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There is no perfect job

by Dogmeister In reply to Another 35 years' experie ...

I've worked for big companies and startups. I've also worked as a freelance consultant and as an in-house consultant.

In the end what matters is: Are you still learning new tricks? Can you put aside your mistaken belief that you understand it all, and that you've achived some sort of technical nirvanah? - The reality is that technology is an addiction, and some days it makes you sick and tired.

Variety is important, but whats more important is how you apply what you know. If you can apply it for the greater good - of the world, or maybe just the greater good of your company - and you can feel good about it when you go home. Great!

You only live once - and technology is a career that will keep you on your toes.

I spent the better part of a year out of work, partly because of the economy and party due to my former career being outsourced to another country.

All I can say is we need to stay on our toes and never stop learning. If youre tired of learning, try retail.

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