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IT Pro Interviews

By dustygi ·
I am a current networking major and becoming undecided once again. I'm having a difficult time deciding if I should finish up my flight training and become a commercial pilot, or continue down the IT rabbit hole.
I have decided to write myself a research report defining both careers side-by-side to help me decide.
I need to interview at least 3 IT professionals in 3 distinct career levels, preferably a new hire (< 2 years), mid-career (10-15 years), and experienced (25+ years).

I'd appreciate any help you can give. I have prepared 17 questions for those who are willing to help.

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Wow, somewhat divergent career paths

by robo_dev In reply to IT Pro Interviews

I don't know what it's like to be a pilot, but what kind of IT questions do you have?

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well....

by brian In reply to Wow, somewhat divergent c ...

Some call it stressful, however, some call it heaven...I guess it depends on how much you love to fly. Personally, I would much rather be in the hot seat of a jet or in the air than stuck on the ground, but...this is just me (used to fly freqeuntly in L-39's quite enjoyable actually), but that's just my spin

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are you nuts?!?!?!

by brian In reply to IT Pro Interviews

I wish i was in your position right now....to me, it would be become a commercial pilot...lol. However, i would be more than happy to help you with this, I fall under your mid-career person, however have probably seen enough in the field to be considered experienced. If you would like to send me your questions, let me know

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Interview questions

by dustygi In reply to are you nuts?!?!?!

If the questions are too personal then general answers will work fine. The point is to get a general idea of what I might be getting myself into.

Unfortunately airline pilot life is not easy from what I hear. The starting pay is lower than someone who works at Burger King full time.

What is your position title?

How many years into your career are you?

What is your age?

How many years experience did you have when you were hired by your current employer?

What certifications (if any) did you posses when hired?

What college degree do you posses?

What is your gross monthly income?

Are you able to live comfortably solely on your job income?

Do you get any benefits?

What is your work schedule like?

(For pilots) How many days are you away from home? How many hours do you work per month and how many of those do you get paid for?

In your opinion, how does the job market look like in the future (5-10 years out) for your career?

Have you ever been laid-off or furloughed?

If yes, how many times in your career and for how long each time?

In your opinion, if you started this career fresh at age 30 with no experience would you? If not, why?

In your opinion, if you knew what you know now at the beginning of your career, would you have changed career tracks or would you have done everything the same? Please explain in detail.

Does your current position allow adequate time for families or is it difficult to maintain?

Do you enjoy your work and do you think you'd be happy with your career in the future if things stayed the same?

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by brian In reply to Interview questions

What is your position title?
Assistant Director of IT

How many years into your career are you?
7 (from working age) but about 16 from when i started doing this stuff at age 10...windows 3.11 and windows 95 baby! lol

What is your age?
25

How many years experience did you have when you were hired by your current employer?
6 years (working)

What certifications (if any) did you posses when hired?
Associated with Cisco, Microsoft, Ontrack, Drive Savers, DLink...etc

hat college degree do you posses?
N/a

What is your gross monthly income?
figure starting out around 20 depends on where you end up though

Are you able to live comfortably solely on your job income?
yes and no, like any income, depends on what needs bought

Do you get any benefits?
Yes health and 401k

What is your work schedule like?
m-f 9 hour days hour lunch, on call 24/7/365

(For pilots) How many days are you away from home? How many hours do you work per month and how many of those do you get paid for?

In your opinion, how does the job market look like in the future (5-10 years out) for your career?
It is Hard to tell, this job market constantly evolves, if you are not willing to evolve, then you may want to reconsider your choice...but if you are willing to evolve, the possibilities are endless

Have you ever been laid-off or furloughed?
not in IT

If yes, how many times in your career and for how long each time?
n/a

In your opinion, if you started this career fresh at age 30 with no experience would you? If not, why?
yes - assuming one was willing to keep working and learning the field they are going to enter into

In your opinion, if you knew what you know now at the beginning of your career, would you have changed career tracks or would you have done everything the same? Please explain in detail.
no, I would have just applied myself more to learn more at a younger age (granted i'm not old), but from the experiences I have had from running a full retail computer store front and being technician for it as well as doing all the rest of the jobs except for signing the checks, to sitting behind a desk and writing custom software, I wouldn't trade it for the world...ok ok...maybe for more knowledge but hey, welcome to the IT world, I'm a geek!

Does your current position allow adequate time for families or is it difficult to maintain?
yes it is fairly easy to do, sometimes you will get a call at 3am or something but usually its cool

Do you enjoy your work and do you think you'd be happy with your career in the future if things stayed the same?
yes, i love my work and pride myself on it, however if it stayed the same i would be dissappointed...by staying the same, it means that I am not learning anything new, there is no evolution, and then i become bored very quickly.

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Listen to your heart!

by TobiF In reply to IT Pro Interviews

It's meaningless to plan your career 15 years ahead.
Both these professions have changed a lot over the years, especially IT.

If you love your job, then it's the right one for you, and you'll have fun and grow within it.

So, my suggestion is: Put your Excel sheet aside, and figure out which path feels most joyful to you.

Yes, it's ok to learn a bit more about the situation, but have in mind, that things can be very different. An example: Some airways have many destinations far away, and you'd typically be away from your base between 4 and 7 days at a time. But many airlines, especially low cost ones, plan their schedule in such a way that you'll always come home at the end of each shift.

Oh, if you're equally attracted to flying and IT, maybe you should try to combine them? What about something around flight control?

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Thanks

by dustygi In reply to Listen to your heart!

Thanks for your input. I sat down and discussed all this with my wife and we decided to pack everything and move (again) so I can finish my flight training and (worthless) aviation science degree. For my compromise I'll get my B.S. in IT. That way when I get furloughed I'll have something to fall back on.

I might be able to have a second job in IT while flight instructing and building my hours to qualify for a regional airline.

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Sounds like a plan. The best advice is to do both, if you can

by robo_dev In reply to Thanks

But not at the same time.

Perhaps those Northwest pilots who missed the Minneapolis airport by 150 miles while using their laptops in the cabin were moonlighting in IT??

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LOL

by brian In reply to Sounds like a plan. The b ...
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