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August 31, 2010 2:21 PM Subscribe
Career Change: Graphics to....IT? Please tell me about the wide range of IT work.
posted by gofargogo to work & money (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently unemployed, after a 7 year stint at an environmental consulting firm where I ran a small graphics department. During those years I basically created my own position, as I was the only employee with any graphical background. I've been freelancing as a simple web & graphic designer for the last 6 months, without really enjoying it (although figuring out the html/css stuff has been fun).
According to the various job aptitude tests I've taken recently, IT manager type jobs consistently come out on top. I'm not too surprised, as I generally spend most of my free time noodling with my home network and love doing it.
So I'm 35, and IT curious, but realize that it's a broad field with many different skills needed and work environments. What can you tell me about your adventures or misadventures in the IT realm? What sort of technical training & experience do you need to succeed as an IT manager? What general salaries should I expect (SF bay area) as someone without formal training & experience? And what kinds of questions should I be asking to learn more about the actual life of an IT manager?