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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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Snowboarding sounds good

by rstan251 In reply to financing my own explorat ...

I like snowboarding but I suck at it. Being from the desert, it doesn't provide much snowboarding opportunity.

So, to clarify what you said earlier, you want to be in information security? Or and admin of some sort?

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It's not about the money...

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

I like to solve problems and to have a "new" job every day. The downside to IT is the image that we do nothing (everything is working fine, so the IT guys must be doing nothing) and if something goes down it's our fault (even if it was because the end user spilled coffee on their lappy)....

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Re: about the money

by rstan251 In reply to It's not about the money. ...

So, you like the daily challenge and problem solving but don't like the fact that you aren't recognized for what is fixed?

Me too!

I think I get stuck working on issues sometimes and forget to advertise my accomplishments. Perhaps we need a way to advertise our awesomeness....

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I propose the "I AM AWESOME AND YOU ARE NOT" sign

by jmgarvin In reply to Re: about the money

Everytime I keep something running, fix something, or avert disaster, I should get a sticker. I figure by the end of the week, my stickers would fill a cubicle.

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Awesome doesn't need advertising.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Re: about the money

It gives off goosebumps naturally.

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Is that why everyone screams and runs from me...

by jmgarvin In reply to Awesome doesn't need adve ...

Is it my total awesomeness!!??

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That, or...

by NickNielsen In reply to Is that why everyone scre ...

...it could be the hockey mask and chainsaw... ;\

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The challenge...and the sense of satisfaction

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

I like the challenges. No two days are alike and, for the most part, no two calls are the same. These and the sense of satisfaction I get from restoring the equipment to full operation keep me coming back.

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IT Challenge

by rstan251 In reply to The challenge...and the s ...

Me too. I like to fix stuff. The bigger the problem the more fun it is to fix it.

Sometimes I might struggle and pull my hair out but when I finally fix it, it feels great.

Do you feel the same if you get a certification or complete a super cool tech course?

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If it's hands-on, yes

by NickNielsen In reply to IT Challenge

Otherwise, it's just another test.

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