Computer Science major asks... "What do I want to be when I grow up?"?

I graduated with a computer science degree. I’ve been working for the past 10 years in the IT industry for Lockheed Martin, Oracle, L-3communications. The problem is that, I’m NOT into technology, I can tell because of the individuals I work with seem to have a passion for technology that I definitely don’t have. I’ve covered the full gamut of tasks, I’ve done database role, implemented CRM and ERP systems, done front-end and backend in the java developer role, which I’m currently doing right now, my resume is stacked because I’m conscious of my market value and constantly keep up to date, moving onto new jobs when I feel the current work is getting stale, but nothing in this industry interests me. There was a time in undergrad when I enjoyed coding, but those days have come and gone. I attend toastmasters, because I feel like I need to public speaking in case I’m in a leadership position. So as a default I feel as though my job trajectory is going to put me in a management situation. But looking at my bosses and those above me, i would never want their jobs, regardless of the money or power. The stress they have doesn’t seem worth it. I don’t aspire to be a data architect, or director of IT. I’m also going to business school part time at a mid-level business school (I had a 660 gmat, so that’s around the range of school I’m in, not ivy, but not online lvl either), and I love the subject matter that I’m learning. However, I’m in the same boat with many of my colleagues… “what do I want to be when I grow up?”… many of them say, they want to have more job security, and have something on their resume to move up the ladder, but they’re not very good reasons if you ask me. I thought going through school would give me a better idea, help me FIND myself, however, after a year in school I don’t have any interest in going into finance, marketing, HR, finance, nor am willing to take the RISKS of being an entrepreneur… I still think business school is a great choice, since I love to learn and understand how our world works. Is there anyone out there going through the same issues regarding “What do I want to be when I grow up?”, especially when you’re already engrossed and accomplished in your career. If so, I’d like to know how you took a look at your life and made a change. I have friends who’ve quit IT jobs and opened bubble tea stores, or some other job totally unrelated. Or even a friend who gave up being a doctor to become a DBA. I don't like the answer of "do what you're interested in..." which would mean someone would pay me for recreational snowboarding, watching TV, going to the gym and eating out... don't think there is a market for that.

Asked By: Brian - 7/7/2010
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I'm similar to you in that I don't know what I want to be either, and have a computer science degree, but I'm certainly not accomplished in my career - in fact I don't have one and am probably giving up on doing anything related to CS or IT, but I don't know what. I'm probably going to be jobless for a long time before... More
Answered By: eternus - 7/10/2010
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