Ten signs you and IT just aren't hitting it off

Ten signs you and IT just aren't hitting it off

Summary: Most people grumble about their job at some point, but certain recurring issues might just be a sign that you and IT are not made for one another, says Jack Wallen

TOPICS: IT Employment

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  • Working at night

    3. Nine-to-five mentality
    Technology doesn't always stick to a schedule. Servers go down at inopportune moments and yet business must continue. So you must be willing to wake up in the middle of the night, work long hours during the week and weekends. If you're someone who refuses to let work interfere with your personal life, the writing is on the wall.

  • Two workers fighting

    4. Dislike of people
    The whole purpose of many IT jobs is to support end users — aka people. If you don't like people — and I've encountered plenty who don't — you really shouldn't consider a career in IT. Sadly, I know number of colleagues who have been driven to dislike people precisely because of their experiences working in IT.

  • IT equipment in the bin

    5. No staying power
    When you've had an issue that really tests your abilities, did you give up or did you push on until you had a solution? If you gave up, you did so knowing that you had left something broken. That is unacceptable in IT, and if it doesn't trouble you, it may be time consider your future. Of course, sometimes the problem will be beyond repair or beyond your skills. In those cases, it's still your responsibility to ensure the broken tech is fixed or someone is brought in to sort it out.

Topic: IT Employment

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