Has anyone here quit I.T. or Programming and why?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by jc0481, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. jc0481 macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2005
    If you'd be willing to share your short story on why you quit. What do you do now?

    As a student who is currently doing I.T. I am having second thoughts about it. I would like to hear from others their experiences.
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Drop the I.T. and go for Internet Security. They are/will be in great demand.
  3. famous600 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2010
    I agree here. I'm almost done with my bachelors in software engineering but will get my Masters in Cyber Security.
  4. narbalek macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2013
    Like all things its cyclic. Before starting my own degree in I.T. back in 1988, I was told it was in great demand, but was also told that by the time I'd finished there would probably be an oversupply of qualified people.

    Truer words were never spoken.

    Best career advice I ever heard was to find something you like doing and follow that path.

    Another good piece of advice that is relevant to people going for an I.T. career is to reskill every few years. The I.T degree teaches you how to think about I.T. and is a good grounding, but particular skill-sets such as C or Java programming go in and out of fashion -- and you'll need to keep learning new ones if your skills are not to become obsolete.

    Based on personal experience I'd also add that its probably best not to specialise early in your career. Though specialisation can be very rewarding if its in something like storage that has a very long lifespan, the downside is that its very hard to find positions given that there aren't a lot of positions on offer, and incumbents in those positions don't move very often.

    Hope this helps.


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