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If you've reached the end of your tether in IT, you can still find a satisfying outlet for your talents in an alternative career, says TechRepublic's Jack Wallen. He recently described the main reasons why people get out of IT. So here's a stab at a companion piece for those looking at a way out of IT.
This idea might sound crazy, but modern vehicles increasingly depend on computers. From emission control to hybrid power and brake control, these computers are nothing more than embedded systems that use another computer to troubleshoot, diagnose and repair them. And since most techies love the thrill of fixing things, becoming a vehicle mechanic makes perfect sense. Of course, you'll need to get the right training to make this leap.
And wouldn't it be great to have an auto mechanic who actually knew what he was doing?
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The education system lacks good teachers willing to go the extra mile to help future IT pros understand the career they may one day pursue.
Do I mean you should enter education just to be able to beat it into students' heads that they should expect to suffer immeasurable frustration in an IT career? Of course not.
What you would be doing is preparing them for the challenging road that lies ahead. And many people working in IT will understand how much difference that would have made to their careers.
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Work for a smaller company
If you're unwilling to leave the field of IT entirely, you could step down from that FTSE 100 position and join a much smaller company.
Having a smaller network to deal with, far fewer computers, and users who don't have that same attitude towards you will remove the weight of the world from your shoulders.
You could even step into the voluntary sector and really feel wanted and valued. Although not-for-profit organisations have their own set of headaches, they aren't nearly as intense as those you experience in the upper echelons of capitalism.