Are You Good At What You Do? (Poll added)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by DoFoT9, Jun 20, 2009.

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how good are you at your job?

  1. I only do it to put money on the table

    3 vote(s)
    5.8%
  2. I am quite bad

    3 vote(s)
    5.8%
  3. Just the average Joe

    7 vote(s)
    13.5%
  4. Im good but not that well known

    26 vote(s)
    50.0%
  5. I have become very successful!

    13 vote(s)
    25.0%
  1. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

    DoFoT9

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    #1
    Hey all!

    I've really been thinking a lot lately about my career decisions and whether they will be rewarding enough for me both monetarily and to my personal "goals" that I want to achieve. I'm sure this topic comes up all the time but I thought I would ask others...

    Are You Good At What You Do??

    By good I guess I mean successful - "have you make a difference" styl" thing. I know it isn't the most important thing in life, but you know..

    The reason I ask is because I am currently studying at University (here in Australia). I am doing a Bachelor of IT degree, majoring in Networking & Security. Up until now my subjects have been, well.. pathetic, to say the least. They are all "mandatory" ones that have no relation to my final career. Next semester is looking great though, but I still worry that when I get out that I won't be able to challenge myself or be up to the challenge (not sure which one I am yet ha).

    When coming to uni I had the decision of doing a music career, or IT career. I play drums (as you can tell by my DP) I'm not that bad at all, and I LOOOVE it, music keeps me going all the time..but don't get me wrong I am totally devoted to IT, networking was purely made for me - I would love to do it on a big scale! I guess I'm just missing the whole music scene of things..

    But anyway, enough about me. Did anyone have trouble with their career choice? Do you regret not changing your mind? Are you happy with where you are now? (The more mature are included in this topic, please give your opinion - it would be appreciated :))

    Thanks, DoFoT9 (going to work so sorry if I don't reply for a while).

    :)
     
  2. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    #2
    Yes , I feel that I am good at what I do.
    Yes , Had a lot of trouble with career choices , especially when had to adjust to dramatic lifestyle changes that rendered some choices null
    Yes, I am pretty happy where I am, though it is not my final goal.
    My work is recognized, and is considered original and more importantly, relevant. so yes I am content where I have ended up.
    Just wish I made more $ to pay off the student loan debt :eek:
     
  3. Decrepit macrumors 65816

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    #3
    I got lucky. My hobby became a sought after industry.

    I'm in IT, I'm a sysadmin for a bunch of small companies in the town where I'm currently living.

    I started in the early 90's building PCs in a 3 person shop, moved on to a 10 person shop in another state, onto technical support at one of the top tape drive companies, onto desktop PC technical support for one of the biggest computer companies, on to training the support teams, etc.

    Then the job was sent to India without me. Took my severance package and went back to finish my Bachelor's degree in another field.

    Graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2008. With 15 years of experience and a full 4 year degree, it took 8 months to find a job.

    Now I'm in a town that has 250,000 people in it but thinks it's still only got one stoplight. This place sucks, but it's great experience. Soon I'll head to another state and start up again.


    Bottom line, if you don't enjoy what you do, it can really make living in the middle of nowhere really painful while you're waiting for the right opportunity to come along.

    Make sure you stay current on the generic certifications, and keep a good focus on the stuff you end up better at than your peers.

    In other words, in your track, get a Network+ first. It's useless, but without it you will never get a job since it's on every firm's search engine.

    2nd go CCNA. Maybe CCNP if you've got the time and access to the resources.

    Next, what part of networking do you specifically like? Do you want to focus on wireless, security, WANs, etc? A focus can help you work your way into some interesting places. Do you want a job with potential travel? a 24x7 pager stuck to your hip? These are all the kinds of things to keep in mind as you choose what's next.

    Keep playing the drums though. Few ever make real money at it, but even if you don't, it's what makes you you.

    I'm a hockey nut. If I can't play hockey (like now, in this godforsaken place), I'm miserable.

    Good luck! And remember, there's no rush. You don't have to be a CCIE on Thursday. You've got time to wander, learn what you like, etc. Just make sure you're flexible. Get a passing knowledge of Windows administration, Linux as well. You don't have to be an ace, but when the downsizing hammer comes, you don't want to be the one-trick pony either.
     
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    well I am going back to school to get something in IT industry. One advatage of IT is it is always advance at a very high right of speed so you have to keep learning.

    Drum while chances are not support you for a living it is worth it to keep playing because it something you enjoy doing. It lets out your stresses and hell it is just fun. It gives you a hobby outside of work. That is important to stay happy.
     
  5. mscriv macrumors 601

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    In my opinion there's two types of people in this world. Those that get to make a living doing what they love and those that work a job to pay the bills and do what they love in their free time. People will argue one side over the other, but in truth it's up to you. I am a therapist and love being able to help other people. It's a passion, but unless I write a book, get into media (TV/Radio), or become an entrepreneur in my area (open a large practice and make money off of the other counselors I bring in) then I will never make big bucks. I have several friends who work business or medical jobs that they are not passionate about, but boy do they make a lot of money. And making that money makes their family life and "free time" interests more available and enjoyable. The point is there is no one "right" answer to your question. This is especially true because over the course of your life interests and priorities will change. Make the best decision you can and know that you can always change your mind later as your circumstances change.
     
  6. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Respectfully, if you're still in school you don't know for sure what your "final career" is going to be.

    I began college as an engineering undecided major, switched to aerospace engineering, then finished in mechanical engineering - so I never actually left the aerospace & mechanical department of the engineering college. I thought I'd go into engine design and power generation. Instead, I've spent the last 15 years working in building engineering.

    I don't regret it, I'm good at it, and I've built up a pretty decent reputation for doing it well. But I chose it not because I thought I would love it, but because I thought I would be good at it.

    I don't hate it or even dislike it, but it's far from exciting. And it's absolutely not what I thought I would be doing when I was in college.
     
  7. DiamondMac macrumors 68040

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  8. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    #8
    I'm one of those who's had loads of trouble deciding a career and education. First of all, I've just now (graduated a couple of days ago actually) been able to finish High School (or our equivalent of it) to be able to go to University. Two years overdue.

    First of all, I'm problaby quite like you, with a passion for several things in life. I've been absolutely sure that the right thing has been acting, music, Law, design, anthropology, religion, lighting design, stage design... That's just the list of things I considered the past year.

    Choosing a career has been (at last for me) about weighing my interests to the ability to make a career (and eventually loads of cash) out of it. The wish of being successful has led me away from studying subjects like Political Science, Anthropology, Religion and Sociology. I decided about a month back to first go into Applied Computer Technology, then do my masters degree in Human-Machine Interaction. Hopefully I can build a business and a reputation in both designing and building new types of computers systems and web systems.

    The choice of what to do is very difficult, but is there a chance to go for something else if you find that what you chose in the first place isn't the right thing? It's pretty important that you're not doomed to do one thing after making a choice like this. :)
     
  9. DoFoT9 thread starter macrumors P6

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    thats great to hear!! did you plan to be where you are or did it "just happen"?

    thats quite a story, very intriguing and it reminds me that just because you have a degree it doesnt mean that you will definetely get a job once you finish uni. i think that is the main thing that i am scared and worried about.

    its the exact opposite here, i LOVE networking and learning all about how they work. i see networking, security & admin as basically the most important jobs on the planet - because without them the computers would crash and die. i love the idea of being the man that 'keeps everything running' sort of thing.

    in saying that, being able to play infront of people in a band just excites me so much, i miss it. but i guess i have to ask myself what has the higher success rate, i think here in australia the stats are like 1/100,000 musicians actually become well known..

    i have never heard of those certifications etc, like i said im in australia - so its different. i do however have a world known Certificate II & III Microsoft thing in Networking. i guess that counts towards something? when i finish uni i plan on doing the local TAFE degree (a more practical kind of Uni) for computing, and i also plan on doing Cisco training (because they are known world wide for their professionalism) + some extra Microsoft degrees.

    i really enjoy configuring networks, setting them up (wired or wireless, i dont care). i enjoy using Microsoft Server (as bulky and dull as it may seen, its quite easy to use) to maintain DNS, domain naming, user accounts and the like. both wireless & wired protocols really entice me, i dont know the exact workings of them but i would love to learn, and security seems to come with them so id enjoy learning that part too.. anything networking really! not so much 'tech support', i have done that and wasnt that fond of it.

    also, i am intrigued by how computers work.. how hard drives write their data (at the polarity level not just the binary level), how RAM works, how images are rendered on the GPU.. etcetc

    im not that keen on travelling 24/7, being on the move isnt me really. a pager stuck to my hip wouldnt give me much time with my GF, she would hate it and so would i, but if the money was right ....:p


    oh i definetely will keep playing drums! its my whole soul and it makes me feel happy, im not as accurate as i once was but i can still do what i do best :p

    hockey as in ice-hockey? we dont have that there (no ice) we just play field hockey, and im left handed (for two handed sports) so i never got into it.

    excellent advice!! being versatile is the key point and you have nailed it spot on! i am extremely confident using Macs, i have grown up using them. i started using M$ when i was about 13 and i know my way around it very nicely. i think i will have to install both OSX server and M$ server again to become more confident again.

    i dont see how this can be an advantage haha, is it because others have to keep learning too and if you keep on top of it all then you will be sweet?

    thats so true, i wont be giving up drumming anytime soon!!

    very sound advice, thankyou. you just made me realise that asking for advice on what to do isnt really the best thing to do for my own personal situation, because only i can make that decision. but everyones opinion has helped to broaden my view on the choices i have.

    im glad to hear that you are enjoying you job, do you have any plans to expand your business??

    true, but im very close to finishing uni, only got another year then im all done and will be seaching for money. i want to know my options!

    wow ok, you went in 'blind'!? do you enjoy it? the unknown kind of scares me i guess, i like to know my options and take the one thats right for me..

    ahh you answered, ok lol. right so the fact that you were good at it and could make money/reputation etc out-weighed your interest in it? fair enough, good on you.

    its a far cry different from what you were looking at haha! have you thought about other options/paths you could go down? or are you comfortable where you are now?

    tax law?? seems intense!! i could never put myself through law...

    thanks for the input everyone! :D

    congratulations are in order!! well done!

    wow that is quite an intensive list!! very broad too.

    right ok so your motivation seems to be somewhat like mine. i would really like to be successful (with a generous (not too much) amount of money to let my GF be happy and my kids) in the area that i choose, whether it be from starting a business of my own or whatever.. i havent really decided yet.

    good point! however i have always known that i will be doing IT. i have a video of me typing on the computer at age 2, i would have spent at least 10hrs per day on the computer for the last 10 years, doing all sorts of things such as learning, gaming, socialising and whatnot so i always knew deep down. my passion for it is burning. but then again so is music.

    hmm.. maybe i can be a nerd by day and a drummer by night? it could work.
     
  10. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    #10
    i'd like to think i am good at what i do in my day job and also my family job :)

    afterall, if i thought i wasn't then i'd be looking for a change, and someone would have told me by now...
     
  11. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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  12. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Wouldn't the perfect life be doing both your passions? Let's face it, the music industry will destroy most people, both those who make and those who don't. You seem to be an avid computer nerd (in my head, nerd is a good thing). I see no reason why you can't work with computers as a day job, and play the music you love at night. Life isn't entirely about work and career, sometimes you gotta give yourself the time to do some hobbies too. Whatever that might be. :)


    EDIT: Oh, and yes. That list is very broad. I'm person who is very hungry for knowledge and information. I've always wanted to understand society and the people around me. Mostly because I don't fit in. :p
     
  13. DoFoT9 thread starter macrumors P6

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    you just made me realise another thing, family! that would most certainly be the most important thing in my life.. i guess i would have to find a job that is flexible in regards to that..

    it would be a life dream...really.. it would be amazing!

    i wouldnt want to mix computers + music though.. its not me (i do love video production though)


    HAHA nice call, at least your honest and truthful :p knowledge is power, power runs your fridge.

    poll added for ya buddy, i would like to add another poll about how much you like your job but its not possible :(
     
  14. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Thanks :).
     
  15. DoFoT9 thread starter macrumors P6

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    thats cool, i hope the choices are sufficient!
     
  16. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    You should add a "yet" to that "Good but not well known" option. ;)
     
  17. DoFoT9 thread starter macrumors P6

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    i would if i knew how to edit it! haha
     
  18. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    I would like to think i am good at what i do being i have been at the same place for 5 years. I am a sys admin 15 + companies around town, some span 3 locations and are connected via VPNS, have 2 + servers these are either Windows or Unix servers. These are mainly Small Business server 2003 / Windows Server 2003 as terminal services. The unix boxes are FreeBSD which do Web, Mail, DNS, Spam and virus filtering. I do planning for customers, network upgrades, server installs / upgrades I look after these clients at work and i do it sometimes at home when it's needed.

    Have done A+, MCP, Cert3 and Cert4 in IT.

    When i am not doing the above, i get fix Acer, toshiba, HP, compaq, Apple's under warranty. Spyware / virus removal. Windows / Mac reinstalls with data transfers
     
  19. DoFoT9 thread starter macrumors P6

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    thanks for the input! you have quite a nice thing going there! is running 15+ companies hard? do you consider that to be around the maximum you could manage? are you happy with the sort of thing you are doing??

    i could see me doing something like that, but maybe for one large company..

    i am def thinking about doing A+ and MCP and cert4, they look like great qualifications to have!

    if i may ask, what sort of income do you have?
     
  20. Decrepit macrumors 65816

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    On certifications...

    Not sure what a Cert 3 or Cert 4 are, in the USA we don't have those.

    But I have the following...

    A+, Server+, Linux+
    MCP: Windows 95, 2000, XP, Vista
    MCSA: Windows 2000
    RHCT: Red Hat Certified Technician on 4.0. I missed getting the MCSE by a smidge. AT $750.00/test, I wasn't motivated to retake it.

    I'm hoping to have an MCITP: Server Administrator for Windows Server 2008 by the end of July.

    Used to be cert'd to repair HP desktops, notebooks, workstations, but it's lapsed.

    I would like to do a Cisco cert but am not in a hurry because 6 of my co-workers have them. I'm the only Linux/Mac guy, so I might finally go get the Apple certs. But VMware is going to be a big part of my life, so I should probably kill that one off first.

    If you don't know VMware, learn it. Soon. It is on almost every job listing that I look at since many organizations are interested, but don't have the internal experience with it yet, so they're hoping to hire it in.
     
  21. tjsdaname macrumors 6502

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    im 15, and I would say im pretty damn successful. So far
    I own my own lawn care business im a nighttime janitor on the side I also do some video editing for people
     
  22. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I'm good at each of my jobs: one paid (as a programmer) and three volunteer. I like to learn new skills but I don't like doing a job that I'm clearly not good at it, so that leaves things a little awkward when I start something new, while I get up to speed. I've gotten a few awards and professional designations, but nothing resulting great fame or fortune. I've never gotten a programming certification and never needed to.
     
  23. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    It fell into my lap, actually. In the months before graduation, I had submitted several resumes and gone on some interviews and gotten no offers. One of my interviews was with the physical plant at the university, they were looking for a designer for HVAC, piping, plumbing, and lighting. I didn't think too much about it because I didn't have any experience - actual or academic.

    A week after graduation while I was moping about without a job, I got a phone call with the offer from the physical plant. I didn't stay there long, only a year, but I've been in that field pretty much ever since.

    So I didn't choose the path so much as it chose me. :)

    I've sometimes wondered what might have been if I had chosen a different field, or what it would be like if I were to switch. I remembered the reason I switched from aerospace to mechanical was because the aerospace industry is very up-and-down, hard to break into, and you can still excel in that field even with a mechanical degree.

    And at this point, I've been doing it for 15 years, gotten an MBA and have worked my way up to project management and some construction management and commissioning. Now my role is as the person the client sees as a "problem solver," which is a good feeling. I can't really imagine changing at this point.
     
  24. tayshon macrumors 6502a

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    I think I'm good at my job, I'm a buyer at a college bookstore. I make that judgement on , when I started you could walk around campus and not see one sweatshirt or tee. Now four years later I see some of my first designs still going strong. I went to school to learn one thing came out doing something else and I love it, that's all that matters at the end of the day for me.
     
  25. DiamondMac macrumors 68040

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    It isn't a job that someone just falls into

    You have to WANT to do it
     

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