After what seemed like a sleepless night I woke up in early morning thinking about my reasons for being involved in IT and what it means to me. As with so many professions, I have discovered I have a “love / hate” relationship with IT. Heres my top 5 list of why I hate IT:
- It is constantly changing – and because it is constantly changing it requires significant effort to keep up with the needs of the organization and the available solutions, and to evaluate them and mold them into the “best” solution
- Sometimes it seems that nothing is easy - there are many challenges that an IT professional can face on a day-to-day basis that just seem to defy logic and reasoning. It “should” work! You’ve followed the directions, over and over again, nothing is wrong — except it isn’t working!
- It can be a thankless job - Ask any IT professional when they received their last compliment for a job well done keeping a system going for the last 500 days with no down time! Ask also what they experienced when last they were dealing with down time! (Remember “down time” is a double 4 letter word!)
- The challenge can get burdensome - Like it or not, every person in IT at whatever level will be challenged to learn constantly — “learn or burn” one associate I worked with used to say. I have learned so much that I’ve never used! It becomes difficult to not consider that learning as useless, but the challenge goes on day after day.
- It’s NOT a 9-5 job - which for me has never been an issue, in fact I like the flexibility that not being 9-5 provides. However, down systems, major weekend upgrades and constantly extending hours into the “off” hours time slot can get old.
Be sure to read my Top 5 Reasons I Love IT also.