Am I ill-suited or just burned out at my job?
May 31, 2012 5:38 PM Subscribe
I have worked at the same company for the last 10 years. The longer I stay with this job, the more I wonder if my personality is not the best fit, or if I am simply burned out. Many details inside...
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I currently work in the IT Security field, and hold a CISA, and soon, I'll also have a CISSP. I have about 16 years of IT experience. I take my work seriously, and I enjoy learning in my field. I used to be in a very technical position, but now do more business/documentation work with a technical bent. I do not like process/project management at all and actually find it stressful.
I am thinking about looking for a new position that might be a better fit for me, but I am not sure what I should be looking for or what I should really be doing. The things I enjoy about my job now include: writing documentation, it auditing/remediation, reviewing controls, baselines and developing recommendations for improvements to the infrastructure. I'd love to be more involved in pen testing/social engineering, as well as IT Security Plan development. It would be great if I could be on a team where I could help shape the overall security environment as well as maintain and improve it.
I like my job for the most part, but I feel that I've been there so long, and there is no room for me to go. I've had increasing levels of responsibility over the years, great reviews, and I believe that my department head is happy with my work. But I'm not, and I don't think I can shape what I want to do in the place I am right now. There are many legacy things I am responsible for and I'd like to shake the burden of such things to move myself forward.
Personality-wise, I tend to be more on the quiet, thoughtful side of the spectrum. I'm not the type of person who speaks a lot at work. I like to write my thoughts out, and come up with detailed solutions. I tend to be quiet in meetings, until I absorb all of the inputs and then develop my thoughts in e-mail or other written forms. I realize how this might make me seem to some people, but I do put a lot of thought into all the work I do, and the opinions I provide. In my personal life, I find I am happiest when I am taking care of people - helping them with a difficult problem, cooking dinner, or providing them with ways to do tasks faster and smarter. I like being given problems/puzzles and figuring them out.
All these pieces I feel should lead to some better fit in terms of my job. I live inside my head, so I am asking the smartypants of MeFi what they see in my question. What sort of job or path would you recommend for me?
Please note: I do not have a completed college degree yet. (I am working on it.) So please do not suggest any Masters programs or additional education. I am not eligible until I finish my B.A.