Today on the smokers’ patio a few of us were discussing our careers: me with 22 years in IT behind me and the young guys with their jewellery and attitude and self-confidence and maybe eight years of IT experience. The one youngster (probably 30) said he cannot see himself doing the same thing for more than 15 years. I had to laugh and then began to think.
IT has changed more in the last 23 years than modes of transport have over the last 200 years. Not a day went past that I didn’t learn something new (some days I learnt that I can be even lazier than I thought possible).
Why do I enjoy my career?
- I am often the prettiest woman on a team of 30+ people (OK, so I’m probably the only woman on the team).
- I can always talk to strange men without seeming to try to pick them up, because I do GeekSpeak (the capital S is proof that I can J ).
- I have really weird, crazy and unique friends, all of them super bright.
- I travel to the USA and Europe for TechReady and GeekReady!!
- I can fix my own pc, laptop, X-Box, toilet, leaking roof, car…
- My kids’ friends think I am cool because I work for …
- I earn a decent salary.
- My number one reason for loving my career and my current job though is that I can make technology work FOR people, not make
people work for technology. I will get on my soapbox about this another time.
I love my job. I wake up in the morning eager to do something new or do something old in a new way. [Soapbox warning] For ever so long I thought it was pure luck, but I realised today that it is more than luck. There have been times when I was lucky: the right person at the right time in the right place kind of thing, but I also created my own luck. I made sure that I know something few other people know or that I have one skill which makes me stand out. I would yearn for the next dream job and then set out to get it. Sometimes the dream job disappointed, but more often than not it surprised me. There was a time when I hated every moment of work, but it was my first step (and my first job), my apprenticeship. Am I glad I stuck it out!