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.
Locutus (System Administrator) posted 9/28/2006 | Comments (10)
Over the last one hundred years we have seen extraordinary changes in technology. We have gone from foul smelling gas producing transportation on four legs to foul smelling gas consuming transportation on four wheels. We used to watch the birds and wish we were them and now we are visiting planets that have never seen a terrestrial animal. We used to dream of going around the world in eighty days and now we communicate across the globe in milliseconds.
Technology has changed our lives in ways that are too numerous to count. Our work is easier and more productive. We have more leasure time than ever before. We enjoy food and drink that our ancestors could never conceive. You are reading this on a piece of equipment that, if someone from a hundred years earlier had been brought forward to today, would flatly declare magic and no amount of explaining would convince them otherwise.
Yes technology, computers, gadgets, cleaning, manufacturing etc. etc. has improved wonderfully and I would love to see what it will be like in the next hundred years time. I am sitting here typing this on my computer and at the same time watching television in a little window. Talk about multitasking :) talk about technology, I love it!!
If however you could bring someone here today and place them in a neutral setting and you talk to them about neutral things would you feel a hundred year difference? No! Although technology has changed people haven't. They still do the same things they did hundreds of years ago. They have the same basic likes and dislikes. They still fight over the same things. Sure the boys and their toys have changed but the principles haven't.
The fear that I have is not for the technology but for the people. Technology changes fast but people fear change and resist it. Yet due to economic pressure technology keeps changing whether people need it or not. They are being steamrolled into using something they have no understanding of, don't want to understand and are more than a little afraid of. I am not talking about the geeks and the l33t but the average Joe and Jane Doe. Humanity will always lag behind technology and will be dragged into the future stumbling behind technology like some blind, deaf and lame halfwit on a leash.
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RSS for CommentsLonerVamp writes: 9/28/2006 # Yup, until the curent "MySpace Generation" gets all growed up, people who will be used to the technology around them. The way I look at it is a bit narrow. I look at my job and the companies I work for, and I literally cannot imagine what it would have been like working in an age before computers and networking. It is actually difficult to fathom how things got done, organized, proceeded, etc. It's kinda sad, in a way, but also a testament to the speed of change we've gone through. I'm amongst those people who mostly got their first computers mid-way through high school before picking a career and experiencing any real work the "old-fashioned" way. :)
Locutus writes: 9/28/2006 # Wow! That was a quick response. I think that what I wrote will still be relevent for the current "My Space" generation. Probably even more so as the rate of change seems to be following some sort of Moores law :) In ten or twenty years time they will be just as befuddled by their neurologically teenagers as our parents are by us. I too wonder how business managed to work in the times of snail mail and wonder of wonders teletype. I remember looking at one of them when I went to my mums work one day.
George P. Alexander Jr. writes: 9/29/2006 # Sometimes I am so very very happy that I'm living right here, right now. I can't imagine living in the 50s, not during the industrial revolution time either where everything was hard manuel labour. Living in the dark ages is a total turn off. Any time before that seems so impossible. I'm so happy I'm living in a time where there is rapid technological advances. "There's this electronic device called a computer". That's what my computer teacher told long back when I entered 5th grade. I still remember that school definition I mugged up" Computer is an electronic device that accepts input and gives output". I always wondered if that definition still holds true today with comptuers being a part of every other industry. Oops, I think I drifted. Okay, just looking it from another perspective. How about personality wise? I think thats what we're really talking about right? An analy