Looking to move out of IT...help me find the way!
January 29, 2012 11:51 AM Subscribe
Tell Me About Your Lateral Move out of IT...
Mid-40's IT guy, realizes these 'golden handcuffs' are chaffing a bit, looking for career change into something else.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (11 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Have spent the last 18 years fumbling my way through a non-fullfilling IT career in the Southeastern US. They've always been just jobs. Longest has been 8 years (got overly comfortable, then laid off), shortest was six months (fired). I've had 8 months of unemployment time since August 2009. I'm burnt out. I'm not even good at what I do.
I currently hold an 'analyst' role, but I was hired for my experience with some software. I don't script, code or develop, but that always seems to be lurking around ever corner ready to jump out and devour me and spit me out. I don't want to do any of it. I've never been a superstar. I go to work, I work, I go home...I come back the next day.
I've done the career counseling route (myers briggs, highlands,etc) and didn't really come up with anything right out of the gate that i was meant to do. I can only remember a couple times in my working career where I enjoyed what I was doing. It was when I was helping other people learn things or helping them understand things. First level support at a tech company and showing temp workers how to enter data into a database back at my first job out of school.
My current contract to perm position pays WELL, hence the golden handcuffs. I have no idea how much they'll pay once I go perm in May, but I'm assuming it'll be roughly 10K less than what I'm making now. Anywho....
Tell me about your move away from IT! How'd you do it? Was it hard to do? Was training involved? What would you recommend for best fields to go into? Fields NOT to go into? How did you find your 'calling'? What age? Is 44 too old to do this? Talk to me Mefites...you're my only hope!!!! Thanks in advance...