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I'm not in medical or banking IT, but I'm one of those guys who loves a good emergency. I can see why people wouldn't like the stress, though. As for it not being an 8-5 job, definitely true, and that applies to pretty much any managerial or administrative IT job.
    
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I used to work in medical I.T

I.T has jerks bigger than almost any other field. Some of the 'Humans' are more interested in the machine that the person they work with. Its got to be said, its a very stressful field you don't go to work and come home to live your life, quite often you will need to read up at home or have a test bed / VM's to work on and test stuff out.

You will almost certainly be on a oncall shift pattern and this can mean covering all disciplines trained or not!

If you ever listen to one piece of advice about working in I.T listen to this: working an on-call shift rota is the single worst thing you can do for your personal life. You will get called in the middle of the night from a deep sleep, have to respond quick, have to be alert.. fire up the computer get dialed in and talk to someone who is awake and rabbling who's high on 15 cups of coffee on the phone about something so mind numbingly impossible to decipher and panicking like mad, you have to make choices that effect the whole organization, and quite often travel into work and stay there throughout the next day if its a bad one!

don't think that your colleges or bosses will lord it up for you for doing this as its just part of the job and your actions half tired or not will be scrutinized


I did this for nearly a decade and no longer work in I.T

If you work in a support role, sure. Not all facets of IT require support. You also cant assume that everyone hates the job you did as much as you do either.
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What he's saying is true even if you love the job. There are tons of jackasses in IT. Critical systems do sometimes stop working at 3 AM. Days that blend into the next can and often do affect your family/social life. This is the reality of the industry for many people, myself included. I have no intention of giving it up, either.

As for needing a test bed at home, well, look at my sig.
    
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Thats called common sense DuckieHo.

Thanks for the feedback guys. Sonds like, Ill be learning some new people skills in school, lol. Maybe a class or two on training your Boss, lol.

Ive alwasys tried to have a balance of street smarts with book smarts, you can always go back to a book, but not always, or even have basic math or troubleshooting skills. Ive seen too many rely on a caculator or thier phone, when they should just use thier head. Guess Im just old school.....



And Im coming from 10 years of kitchen experience, and thats alot of my attitude, either ya got it or ya dont. You dont get alot of 2nd chances or redo or fix things and if ya dose, ya loose money, labor and double time....

Ever watch a district manager, fresh out of business college, no people skils, no kitchen skills, no managment skills, try to handle handle mad customers, or even cook, or an upset employee and gets 10x the pay. Imnsure ya deal with this in IT too?
The thing is.... common sense is subjective. You might complain why a code release requires separation of power, requires scheduling, and take 6 people to sign off on. There is a reason for the complexity and bureaucracy. The width and depth of computer system makes it difficult to even know where to look. How do you know what the best practices are? If you use your head for everything... it would take you a few decades of experience to come up with the list of best practices that make sense when you understand the reasoning why.

Please, you may THINK you got it or ya don't... but believe me... you don't know much unless you've been playing with it for at least a decade.



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What he's saying is true even if you love the job. There are tons of jackasses in IT. Critical systems do sometimes stop working at 3 AM. Days that blend into the next can and often do affect your family/social life. This is the reality of the industry for many people, myself included. I have no intention of giving it up, either.

As for needing a test bed at home, well, look at my sig.

Was on a call this past Monday from 10PM to 12:30AM.... then got ANOTHER call at 2AM to 6AM. Then I had to be in the office by 9AM for promotion announcements. Got myself an office. smile.gif

It's tiring but compensation is nice.
Edited by DuckieHo - 6/6/13 at 8:23pm
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Thanks for the feedback guys.

The most important skill I learned from my years in a he kitchen, "Thinking on my feet" I could work any position in the store (when others needs help)and still keep up with all the prep work. You constantly had 2-3 dozen contingencies plane rolling around in ur head and never new what step 2 was till ya was on step 3 and still working on step one.
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What's your title?
I'm a Program Lead.... aka director.
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Thanks for the feedback guys.

The most important skill I learned from my years in a he kitchen, "Thinking on my feet" I could work any position in the store (when others needs help)and still keep up with all the prep work. You constantly had 2-3 dozen contingencies plane rolling around in ur head and never new what step 2 was till ya was on step 3 and still working on step one.

Those skills are nice... but when you're dealing with issues ranging from SAN failover softare to incorrect calendar scheduling... book smarts is important. You have to know HOW the system works. Believe me... you can never be booksmart enough... they levels of complexity and understanding go deep. "Thinking on your feet" will get you only so far.

It's like going to a physics dept at a college and saying that one of your qualifications is that you can "think on your feet". That's nice and all.... but it does not mean you know what you are doing.
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True,

But what I feel, you dont understand or not im not getting across. Those years of thinking on my feet, came from experience and reading(or learning) ya might think theres not alot of book smarts in the kitchen, buts a mix of both common sense and smarts. Kitchen takes science and creative/thinking on ur feet....

Its experience, keeping updated/always learning a different/new way, its an attitude. The first time ya tell someone ya know what ur doing, its going to bite u back.

Common Sense, isnt so common.....
Edited by knightsilver - 6/8/13 at 1:04pm
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