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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.
Architecture is another career that would require more education. But you like numbers. You like the order and design of the world around you. And you could learn CAD more quickly than you learned subnetting.
Architecture is one of those fields where the sky could literally be the limit. You could spend some time in the great outdoors. You would be using the numbers you love so dearly, you would have a modicum of control over your own fate — perhaps being self-employed — and you wouldn't have to deal with downed networks, failover, end users and lazy programmers.
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