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Is there life after IT?

By Lumbergh77 ·
I have a bachelor's in computers and have been programming and working with databases for nearly 10 years. While I am content at this point, I can't see myself coding for the next 40 years. I feel like I'm starting to burn out and not really excited about CONSTANTLY learning new programming terminology like I used to be. They pay is decent but not great, and it seems there are easier ways to earn the same amount. Also, I'd like to have a life outside of work someday. It seems almost impossible in this field with the long hours and constant study. Programming is a lonely gig and I'd like a little more people contact.

So I'm looking for a possible career change. I would be willing to go back to school. I've considered an MBA but they seem to be a dime a dozen these days. I've also considered a masters in psychology because it is an interesting subject IMO. However, I'm not sure how well I could utilize my IT skills in that field. So my questions are: 1) What is a good degree to pair with an IT degree? What field(s) are good for those with an IT background? I'm looking for a field with some longetivity. 2) Have you or do you know anyone else who has successfully transitioned from a career in IT and how they did it?

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Getting into PM

by Lost_in_NY In reply to Question about gettng a p ...

Can you clarify what you mean by 'just starting out'? If you've already got professional/operational-type experience in an area relevant to that in which you want to PM, then I'd suggest putting some focus on how performed aspects of PM in those assignments. For example, were you responsible for supplying various project doc deliverables to the PM of a project on which you were a resource? Did you actually perform an end-to-end subset of the overall PM of a project (as many managers whose teams get dedicated to a huge project wind up doing)? Even if your PM-related experience is simply attending project meetings as a proect team member, try to leverage what you contributed and gained out of those experiences.

On the other hand if you mean right out of school without any professional experience that involved being a project team member, then all I can think of is having a solid educational background (including some additional study or cert in PM from preferably PMI or from a university PM cert program) and highlighting your PM-relevant skills in resume/interview.

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Get the CAPM or PMP Cert

by Ron-in-Miami, PMP In reply to Question about gettng a p ...

Many will argue that certifications don't matter anymore, but I will tell you from experience, if you choose to pursue a career in Project Managment you need a PMI certification. If your company works with the Federal Government and you wish to work in Project Management it is almost a requirement. Get the PMI cert.

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You got four weeks!

by ITGuyy In reply to Try Medicine instead -- i ...

We were always told the day after the change was made!

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Some things to gather n remember from above ...

by unni_kcpm In reply to Be ready to walk away fro ...

Dear All,

1. Walk away from IT.
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a. Didn't get from your description whether
you work a Small/Mid/Enterprise level
Company in their IT Department or for
a Software One or Independent Programmer.

It is true that the life of
a "Programmer" seize to exist(some what,
can be argued) at an age of 30-32 years
and he should be graduated to the next
level into System Analysis/Design,
Project Management etc.

To be frank, I too face similar issue
and was ready to pose this question to
you all through this.

If first one, you can "talk" to your
Company Boss, Branch Manager or like
and ask for a Job/Dept./Position change
and move on. As you are the same
Organization(for some years), you are
better knowledgeable in most of the
functioning of the Organization.

If second and third case, you can ask
for options as mentioned above to the
field of Project Management.

2. Doing an MBA or course on Project Mgt./
Information Systems.
This will be an additional attribute
to your core skills. You can find
requirement of able hands in the field
of Project Management especially in
the area of Web Development.

Best Wishes !

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Few more to add ..

by unni_kcpm In reply to Some things to gather n r ...

1. Somewhere I have ready that there will
be shortage of Networking Professionals
in the years to come.
2. As mentioned Security Management,
IT Infrastructure Management, Storage
Management etc. some fields you can
try on as interested.

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Life after IT

by mdindayal In reply to Is there life after IT?

I found myself in the same place and thought serously about watering plants in Home Depot. Thankfully I found an out, I am now in my 3rd year of law specializing in Regulatory compliance, e-commerce and IT Audit. This to me has longevity and allows me to use what I have done in IT as a solid to do foundation.

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I.T. is not the end-all..

by drdosus In reply to Is there life after IT?

After 26 years in I.T., dealing with various micromanagers, clueless users, Microchannel, the transition to Windows, the subsequent toilet-paper MCSE 'certifications', I finally made the move.
Electronics seemed to be a natural side effect of working with hardware all those years.
The training took a little over 2 years and the move into electronics engineering about another year. I had to start as an engineering aide, but the pay was _better_ than that in I.T., there is room for advancement, and there are NO bs certifications. Either you know it or you don't, there is no room for hot air.

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Microchannel...

by Thorarinn In reply to I.T. is not the end-all..

...I wonder how many people here actually know what you're referring to... ;-)

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*Sigh*

by jruby In reply to Microchannel...

I do, and I'm in the same boat - after too many years in IT being a 'resource', not a person, and doing it all, I'm seriously looking to find some other career. I've been very successful, but it's time to change.


Find a job you enjoy and you'll never work another day in your life.

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Agree

by scphanse In reply to *Sigh*

Jeez!!! I never realised till it was down in print we really get accustomed to being a "resource" that we dont notice.
Am looking to move on too, but havent made up my mind where or what.

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