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What is your biggest desire as an IT professional?

By rstan251 ·
I often wonder why I am in the IT field. Is it money, the challenge or what?

I stumbled into IT because of my fascination with "gadgets" and specifically computers in the mid 90s.

I don't know if I am as fascinated now. I thought my biggest desire was to make lots of money but it is not.

I think the thing I enjoy the most is solving problems (IT related and the bigger the better), helping people and being recognized (at least occasionally).

How about you?

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The challenge and variety

by jdclyde In reply to What is your biggest desi ...

while there are boring days, there are also a lot of days that are unique in the problems that come up.

The technology is always changing, so you are NEVER done learning.

I am re-sitting my cisco classes from a few years ago. The class number is the same, but the content has changed a great deal.

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What is a Challenge?

by rstan251 In reply to The challenge and variety

Interesting. So you like to stay challenged?

Do you like the feeling of accomplishment or the journey?

Personally, I like the "win" of completing something tough like a Cisco exam.

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How do you

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to What is a Challenge?

separate the journey from the feeling?

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by jdclyde In reply to What is a Challenge?

both. B-)

It is the greatest when a problem has been stumping someone else for a few daze, and you are able to find the solution for them.

Of course, I am openly gracious, and would never treat them like they are dumb just because they didn't know something.

Ok, every now and then, I pull out my "Nick Burns" impersonation.... ;\

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Why am I here?

by Jellimonsta In reply to What is your biggest desi ...

I stumbled into IT in 2000. I have always had an affinity for computers and other technology. However, I never really had a desire to work in IT.
I am here because the work is interesting, fun, challenging, and the pay is better than a swift kick in the shorts. ;\

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Is variety the answer?

by rstan251 In reply to Why am I here?

Sounds like you enjoy the variety? I like the pay also :) .

I like variety too but I also like to be "the expert" and if I go too broad it makes that desire tough to fulfill.

Being broad and varied has advantages. In essence you are an Enterprise Architect tying all the pieces together.

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If you are doing it for the money, you're doing it for the wrong reason

by Forum Surfer In reply to What is your biggest desi ...

I do what I like, and I love my job. I could make more money, but I went to great lengths to find a job that lets me work the hours I want without constant overtime. Of course there is still stress and overtime, but not to the point that it affects my health as did my previous job. I'm a much happier person and I feel so much more satisfied. Even my physical health improved. I even found time to spend 2 hours at the gym each day to counter-act the time I spend at a desk. Overall the pay cut was worth it. It paid off in spades in all other aspects of my life.

At this point, I'm glad I did take the time to look for a better job in my limited spare time while I was employed at my previous job. In today's marketplace jobs are hard to find,let alone one you love.

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Work LIfe Balance

by rstan251 In reply to If you are doing it for t ...

That is a great story. I did the same thing. I currently work 20 hrs a week. Now, when I am at work I have a better attitude and I put more energy into what I do.

I too spend more time working out. Very cool story!

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I know what you mean brother

by Forum Surfer In reply to Work LIfe Balance

Even before I started working out constantly, my friends and family pointed out that I looked much healthier and smiled more once I quit the stressful job.

Finances were a major problem at first, but I adjusted my lifestyle and moved forward. After awhile now my pay is almost back to where it was when I left and I am a much more likable person, except by people who are overstressed like I once was! Lol, now I'm one of those "intolerably happy" people I used to hate and I love every minute of it.


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financing my own exploration

by Neon Samurai In reply to What is your biggest desi ...

The folks in the education field like the term "life long self guided learner" as most tend to become with a topic they thoroughly enjoy.

In short, I was born into an IT family, grew up in front of various machines and have most of my interest and skill set in the area. Working with information systems was a given from a very early age.

These days, my idea position is an admin or info sec desk working towards certifications in testing. This position second only to working for a value added reseller; it meant my computer parts came the next day at holesale pricing with whatever we had on order for customers. The current position is like a job written for my resume. The benchmark position remains in first place only because wholesale makes keeping my personal machines up to date much easier.

Besides, it was either computers or professional snowboarding and my lower joints are past the point of going pro.

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