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Network Admin Seeking Creative Outlet

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I've spent my entire professional experience working my way up from PC Support to Network Administration. At this point, I have a lot of IT skills under my belt including NT, Novell, Citrix, and some Unix and Linux, as well as various hardware, butI feel like I'm trapping myself in a dry and technical career, and I find my motivation is slipping away.

I love writing (mostly non-fiction, opinion-oriented writing, although I also enjoy fiction) and feel it's my strongest aptitute. I'm also a music fanatic. I consider myself to be as creative as I am technical, but I'm finding that the more I neglect the creative side of my brain, the more I lose touch with it and the more apathetic I become about my work.

I would like to find work that provides more of a balance between my computer skills and my creative side. I've been looking into web design, but it seems like web designers are a dime a dozen these days.

Given the choice, I'd rather be a writer or a musician than a network admin, but my career background is nearly all technological and I'd be hard pressed to make a complete switch at this point. I'd like to at least find a happy medium.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might proceed?

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Network Admin Seeking Cre ...

I have a similar problem. I do the IT thing to pay the bills, but my heart belongs to writing horror fiction. I also like to tinker with creating songs.
So for myself, I have seen my IT skills work their way into my writing. I wrote a story about a"hacker" searching the Internet for a mythical network that was working on the "Bible Code" (that there are prophicies in actual biblical code). The story had the hacker bypassing firewalls, cracking security, and accessing files, all with a very technical slant.
And then the horror begins!

It is only natural for the things you do to interface themselves with the things you WANT to do.

As for my musical dalliances, I know of good software and were to get more and more software. Plus, my musical preferences lean towards industrial music (with its heavy electronic/technical sound) so it all blends in rather well. But music is really just a hobby.

So, try and mesh everything together. Don't try and separate your technical side from your creative side. Let them play together in the playground of your mind, and watch with wonder at the games they devise.

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by instrumentality In reply to Network Admin Seeking Cre ...

Writing IT-related stories is an interesting concept. I'm really not that passionate about information technology except in the sense that it scares me. I've often thought about writing post-apocalyptic type stories about how information technology will ruin society. I used to be convinced that technology itself was evil, which made my chosen profession seem rather hypocritical. Now I've decided that it's not technology itself that's the problem - it's the willingness of so many members of society to let themselves be controlled by technology and remove themselves from the 3-dimensional world. (Hey...what about a story/script about a guy who spends so much time staring at a computer screen that he can no longer see in 3-D? Or, to take it a step further, over time, through evolution, an entire society loses this ability and the material world must be modified so that it appears in 3-D through special 3-D sunglasses? Er...)

At any rate, right now I'm taking a different approach. I'm working part-time in IT as a consultant and still making a solid enough living to not have to worry much about it.

In my spare time, I'm taking classical guitar lessons and I've just signed up for an at-home writing course. Because working part-time has made me more relaxed and I have more free time to just sit and contemplate, I've already noticed that I'm becoming more observant about the world and just yesterday, a pretty creative and vivid story popped into my head while I was examining my surroundings and I jotted down a few hundreds words right there.

I like the idea of, rather than trying to combine all my interests into one full-time job, diversifying my time into several part-time jobs. This not only keeps me fromgetting bored and allows me to pursue my passions, but if one of my outlets should cease to be lucrative or enjoyable, I have the other(s) to fall back upon.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Network Admin Seeking Cre ...

Well, they say "write about what you know"...maybe you could write stories about IT related subjects. It would be a breath of fresh air to see something a little more realistic than "Hackers". Swordfish was laughable too...but still a good movie. Hacker and computer intrigue are hot topics in books just now too.

And surely with all your admin background you've got enough comedy material for a humorous novel. If not, ask for stories...I'm sure we could supply countless...

Good Luck in whatever your pursue!

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by instrumentality In reply to Network Admin Seeking Cre ...

This was already pretty well suggested in Answer 1, although I appreciate the additional insight.

Thanks.

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by instrumentality In reply to Network Admin Seeking Cre ...

The funny thing is, I really don't like the way the IT industry is going these days, and I'd like to do as little as I can to promote it unless I can find a positive direction to take it that I actually think would be beneficial to society. I envision a future where everyone communicates through PCs and PDAs and chat rooms and web cams and no one actually knows what it feels like to have a face-to-face conversation or touch another person. I grew up on all of this technology and I can see clearly how it's affected me personally.

Maybe that's why I like Brave New World so much.

Anyway, these are helpful, but I'd like to see what other ideas people have to see if anything really strikes a chord with me.

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