While I love lots of different facets of IT, there are a few downsides that I have experienced over the years and I thought I would share...
- Don't you just love how the corporate machine has diminished our trade? Considering how much power we should yield in the modern world, how the hell did we let them treat us like scum sucking pigs? When everything is running smoothly, we are not noticed. When the shit hits the fan, we are the first to get an ear full.
- The chicks!
- With such finely honed bodies, what girl wouldn't want to work in an environment surrounded by tanned, social outgoing and muscled men.
- While I have worked with/for several female clients and managers, the number of actual female coders I have worked directly with is 1. With a degree in mathematics and ecology, she was better than most males by a country mile.
- The pay!
- Thank you Open Source community for reducing my worth. I know I'll cop at lot of flak for this, but the rise of OSS has placed a growing perception on the non-IT public that software is essentially free.
- I can't tell you the number of times I have heard clients/customer say "that is a lot of money, ". Considering most IT people charge less than plumbers or mechanics, it really shits me. (pun intended)
- "I am sorry that you have to pay the equivalent of a 6 month salary so you can sack 5 staff members."
- The environment!
- The joy of working in a cube... Enough said.
- The learning curve!
- Outside of cutting edge science/medicine, is there any other profession, that has a constantly changing skill set like IT?
- While learning a new language, framework or DBMS is usually rewarding, the pace of change quickly gets tiring after a couple of decades.
- Job completion!
- IT projects NEVER finish, they only get discarded.
- They don't call it a development cycle for nothing
- I am surprised that so few IT people go "Postal"..
- The output!
- After 2 years on my current project, the source code of my efforts can fit on a few high density floppies.
- Yet when I get on the tractor and fertilise/slash/till for a few hours, the result is there for all to see.... immediately
My current project is nearing completion and to be frank, I would like to learn a trade.. Either sparky, boilermaker or carpenter... Anything out doors..
| posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 9:18 AM