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tomhudson's Journal: POLL: Were you happier before you started working in I.T.? 12

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This story touches on some of the health problems in IT. While it might seem to focus on the effects of shift work, I think it's a lot more widespread.

Simply put, I.T. is the new sweatshop. Ask yourself, when all is said and done, were you happier before you started working in I.T.?

Looking back, I know I was. In the end, the extra hours, the nights and weekends lost and unappreciated, dealing with the STUPIDITY ... it wasn't worth it.

So, Were YOU happier before you worked in I.T.?

[_] Yes
[_] Hell, yes!
[_] There was a life before?
[_] What is this "life" you speak of?
[_] What is this "happiness" you speak of?
[_] Sorry, I haven't got time to reply - it's eternal crunch time here.
[_] In Soviet I.T., work IS life!
[_] Thanks for reminding me that I have no life, you insensitive b*tch!
[_] I'm going to continue to "tough it out" even if most days I want to slit my wrists!
[_] Help, I'm trapped in a code factory!
[_] I don't know how to do anything else any more, so I'm gritting my teeth and bearing it.
[_] I'm trapped - I can't afford to even try to do something else.

There is life after I.T. For the first time in decades, I have a decent tan, and I've been able to see relatives I haven't seen in 2 decades except at weddings and funerals. Looking back, I'd rather be broke than go back to a job as a dev. My resume now states clearly at the top "Not interested in any development job." Any code I write from now on will either be to "scratch an itch" or because someone is willing to pay enough to make it very interesting, and also to adhere to a proper methodology and schedule. And we all know that in this industry, in this economic environment, that second option just doesn't happen. Not that I care any more :-p

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POLL: Were you happier before you started working in I.T.?

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  • That's right, Not Applicable, because your "There was a life before?" option was obviously sarcasm. This question simply does not apply to me, as I was quite literally born into IT. As a small child (about age 4 or 5), one of my earliest vivid memories is that of playing ring-toss in the computer room at my dad's office, with a big box of the colorful write-enable rings [wikipedia.org] used on the 1/2" reel tapes. At age 6, I remember going in to work with my dad one Saturday, where he sat me down at his drafting table,

    • My dad also did that with me! I remember drawing ASCII art on the IBM Mainfraimes when he was called in for an emergency and nobody could watch after me (mom 'n bro were out of town). I also have played with the flowchart templates.

      I keep an ancient plastic IBM flowchart template here on my desk at home, but mostly because it reminds me of my dad. I don't think I've drawn a rectangle with it in the last 17 years.

      That's one of the sweetest things I heard in a long time. Thanks for that.

  • Part of my job involves writing VB6 code. I do use a lot of spreadsheets and spend my day in front of a computer.

    Were YOU happier before you worked in I.T.?

    [_] Yes
    [_] Hell, yes!
    [_] There was a life before?
    [X] What is this "life" you speak of?
    [_] What is this "happiness" you speak of?
    [_] Sorry, I haven't got time to reply - it's eternal crunch time here.
    [_] In Soviet I.T., work IS life!
    [_] Thanks for reminding me that I have no life, you insensitive b*tch!
    [_] I'm going to continue to "tough it out" even if

    • by tomhudson (43916)

      VB? We feel your pain.

      When I was unemployed I had more time for other pursuits. But no money to pursue them and a lack of motivation to do much else except find a job. Now I have a temporary job I am still looking for work and working with less time for anything.

      "Aye, there's the rub!" The last time I was out of work, finding a job, and fixing up stuff so that I had lots to show for any interview, became an 80-hour-a-week task. This time, I refuse to get on that bandwagon. The jobs are disappearing (

  • [_] Yes
    [_] Hell, yes!
    [X] There was a life before?
    [X] What is this "life" you speak of?
    [X] What is this "happiness" you speak of?
    [_] Sorry, I haven't got time to reply - it's eternal crunch time here.
    [X] In Soviet I.T., work IS life!
    [X] Thanks for reminding me that I have no life, you insensitive b*tch!
    [_] I'm going to continue to "tough it out" even if most days I want to slit my wrists!
    [_] Help, I'm trapped in a code factory!
    [X] I don't know how to do anything else any more, so I'm gritting my teeth and b

  • I know I am happier now that I am no longer strictly in IT. My current position includes some IT roles but is primarily not actually an IT job.

    It is a huge improvement, even though it doesn't pay as well as a regular IT job.
  • Worked my way up from helpdesk, starting around 2000. Currently a Network Analyst which is much more end user support then I like. Maybe I will get back to System / Network Administration soon.

    I truly enjoy working in IT. There are interesting challenges. I get to deal with almost everyone in the company. I get to make decisions that have real impact and I get to learn every day.

    My last job was more intellectually stimulating, and I miss that, but it was also more hours and always on-call. Hourly pa
  • [X] Not necessarily happier *before*, but ECSTATIC *after*.

    Yes, helping people really does feel that much better.

    • by tomhudson (43916)

      For people who know the feeling of having to "decompress" after a bad stretch or a bad job, think of the "AFTER" as being the relief of decompressing 24-7, with the knowledge that it (the death marches, the crunch time, the massive ineptitude) will never happen again.

      So for me, there's a bright side to my eyesight going - so far, it's not so bad that I can't write the occasional post, but coding as a job is history, so I don't have to worry about it any more.

  • Before: Lost, unfulfilled and flittering from one thing to the next as I enjoyed none of them.
    After: Focused on something I love, working at a great company and 19 years of experience behind me that I enjoyed most of.

    Sorry your experience is different but it doesn't project onto me.

  • by Stargoat (658863) *

    It let me put my wife and my sister-in-law through school. Now its my turn.

  • I'm glad to hear you are happy. Maybe I'm too young, but I am still loving "I.T.", although the situation I'm in right now is not making me happy (Mathcad and VB are *not* my idea of a good time, nor will they be going on my resume). Maybe I'm just happy because I've been getting interview offers at places I would like to work when I haven't even been pushing my resume. Maybe I wouldn't be happy anywhere. But I'm fairly certain of one thing: I /really/ like writing code.

    Happy trails and good luck in all you

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