Originally Posted by JCfromDEMELLO
See, I've run into a lot of folks these days making tons of money in IT and all they can do is complain about it. Oh man, I only made 90K last year! My job's so sucky! ...I made less than 20 ...least I enjoy my job I guess.
It's been my recent experience that the guys who are burnt out on IT are the ones that have been into it forever. I'm 34 now. At the age of 25 I didn't know what the word "font" meant. I'm still hungry for this stuff. Unfortunately, the classroom education I'm getting just bogs down on details and hasn't really been all that fun lately. Now that being said, when I take the knowledge I have
gained and apply it by helping friends and family members, it's absolutely rewarding and enjoyable. I'm not burnt out on this. I enjoy helping the computer illiterate. I enjoy helping people understand things they thought were too difficult to ever comprehend. I enjoy doing the tiniest, desktop support level stuff here at work when the computers go down.
I'm just trying to find one of these "foot in the door", GS-5 level jobs or something along those lines. Every job I've ever had, I always start out slow and end up being the go to guy for everything. I enjoy working with people (unlike 99.9% of the IT professionals I meet), I enjoy a challenge. I just don't get why the VA would make an investment on someone like they have me, and not even make the slightest attempt at helping me find some better employment within their ranks. Return on your investment, ya know?
Hell, 35K a year would be a HUGE step up for me at this point. I'd be a happy man just makin' $20 an hour.
And yes, I know what it's like being here by yourself. I grew up in Georgia but the military took me all over and brought me here for my final tour before I decided I'd had enough. Luckily I made good connections along the way, found the love of my life out here, and not a day goes by that I miss my old life amongst my overly-dramatic family and friends back home in the south. None of that BS out here! And hell, I'm getting married at Stone Brewery in May. If anyone were to ask me why I chose to stay here in this notoriously misunderstood state ...at least we know how to make real beer out here!!!
Congrats on getting married!
One thing I would say... Don't get too caught up on how much. I would focus more on stimulating your juices - that way you are going to work everyday working on a raise and promotion. I know this can't happen all the time but...I spent over 9 months unemployed after LOOSING MY ASS (lost most all my savings, my finance, my best friend, my car and a very close relative in a period of about 3 months - I know what it's like to take a 27 hour walk on the beach wondering "What the fuck did I do to deserve this?" I knew what it was like to get out of bead at 11 just to be ready for a noon time nap. I remember getting back on track I would right in a book the accomplishments that I had that day - I HAD SOME DAYS THAT THE ONLY ACCOMPLISHMENT WAS BRUSHING MY TEETH!
I then worked with the homeless as a volunteer in OC (Shelter for the Homeless and Intefaith Homeless Network). It kept me on a regular schedule and productive - THERE IS NOTHING WORST THAN A MAN WITH A PURPOSELESS DAY. I also volunteered for most anyone I ran into so that I could 'borrow' money to make my house payment (my payment was $800). (And yes I was blessed to be able to pay every single person back within 6 months after I returned to work.)
Finally I got a job as a Product Manager, working for a real dick, over an hour drive in morning and 1.5 hours to get home, in a business that didn't completely excite me. The thing I did have was a survival instinct that was better tuned - certainly not as good as what I am sure the military could have drilled in to my brain, but none the less, I was ready. As much as I thought I would have a better job closer to my house, within 9 months I was the VP of Sales and Marketing for that company (3 job classes above where I was working).
I know that this isn't going to happen to everyone but I think if you engage with others
, cut out drinking more than about a beer or two PER WEEK (if you're a drinker), NO DRUGS (and don't tell me weed is safer than alchohol thing - I guarantee you it will not get you any closer to the job you love), and focus on what you want and how to get it, YOU WILL SUCCEED! I GUARANTEE IT - It may not be on your timeframe and you will be tested but stay focused on the target and BE CAREFUL ON YOUR SELF TALK and WHO YOU HANG OUT WITH! If you want to know how much you will make, average the income of your 5 closest friends.
As always, if I can help you in your quest to find a good job for your passions, PM me.