Damn forgot about this thread....
Originally Posted by v0rtex
Isn't this the case in all physical professions though - there's only so many years a builder can carry heavy loads until they're physically forced to move to foreman/general contractor roles, or get out of the game. Even in the world's oldest profession, workers eventually get old enough that they need to move to managing the front of the house or quit.
It is the same case but the difference is its common knowledge that you can't perform physical certain jobs when you hit a certain age. Just common sense. So people know the rules from the get go. People in the tech field don't obviously see this problem until they the confront first hand because its not really common sense idea like "Im 60 years old and can't carry heavy loads as well a 20 year old"
Ultimately tech is about solving problems - clients generally don't care what you write in (or even how well you write it), just that their problems are solved. Instead of "writing COBOL in 1978", you "decreased transaction errors by 60%, saving $3m in fees". I didn't just "install a shopping cart I downloaded for free", I "implemented an e-commerce system that generated $300,000 in revenue in the first month and provided an X00% ROI".
This was the big step for my tech career; realizing that it wasn't the technically brilliant who were getting ahead but the people who were solving problems most effectively and going after problems that would provide a great deal of value when solved.
Excellent advice and completely agree. Actually glad you brought that point up because its a good refresher and applies to every area in life.
Probably the biggest issue is when people identify themselves as "I have over 20 years experience in IT". In fact I think that mentality says a lot about a person's career when they identify their credentials by a period of time. Its a funny way of trying to gauge someones competence by "# of years". If you examine the best at any given area they never gauge themselves by time. Its "seven time grammy award winner Alanis Morissette", not "20+ years of music experience, Alanis Morissette". I remember looking at the myspace of a band with guys i knew who never made it big in music and had down "these guys have over 10 years in the music scene" WTF? I remember thinking really? Is that relevant at all?
Vast majority of people do it in "real jobs" because companies generally gauge competence by years and people frankly don't like love their careers; they do it for paychecks and need some kind of measurement. So they used the good old "I have been doing this duty for this long" Very few people are doing what they love. I always ask a simple question "If you won 50 million in powerball, would you still be on the same career path?" I think that would show you a lot by the majority of people's answers.
As another poster said though, I'd avoid this field unless you have a deep love for it. I would happily do most of the tech aspect of my work for free. The interacting with clients bit is the bit that I need payment for...
Heh actually I said that.
But yes, if you love
the Tech field its actually pretty easy to make a living at it. Its a hell of a lot easier trying to make it in that than say music, acting, art...But that goes back to my powerball survey. Majority of people really don't love it. Flip side I know a lot of musicians that would continue music if they won 50 million.