- Roy: [answers phone] Hello IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again? … OK, well, the button on the side. Is it glowing? … Yeah, you need to turn it on. Err, the button turns it on. Yeah, you do know how a button works, don’t you? No, not on clothes.
- [Moss’s phone rings. He answers it.]
- Moss: Hello IT. Yuhuh. Have you tried forcing an unexpected reboot?
- Roy: No, there you go, I just heard it come on. No, that’s the music you hear when it comes on. No, that’s the music you hear when… I’m sorry, are you from the past? –The IT Crowd
This week I’ve been going through a career crisis. I’m good at it, but it was never a dream of mine. I thought it would be a nice stable career, and that it wouldn’t matter that it wasn’t a dream.Â I can’t help but feel guilty for complaining about my job when there are so many people without work right now. At the same time, I feel that if I keep going down this career path, I might be one of those people who spends 20 years doing something they don’t like that much, because they were too afraid to branch out and find something that makes them happy. So I’m thinking of getting my teaching credential, eventually.
I’m not going to jump into anything right away, because I have to be practical. I have a good paying job, and my employer treats me with respect, and I feel appreciated. Not a lot of people can say that, and I know I’m lucky.
Let me explain a little bit about my job, so you can get an idea of why I’m thinking of leaving it. I do remote IT support, which means I basically sit at my computer and wait for the phone to ring. I normally deal with some very stupid people, who think I perform miracles when I say the almighty words, “have you tried turning it off and on again?”
I also work in a small office, where 90% of my coworkers are in the field. That means that I rarely talk to anyone in person during the day.I’m a very social person, and I find myself feeling incredibly isolated for 40 hours a week. I used to have a receptionist that I worked with, and while she was obnoxious at times, she was someone to talk to. She was recently let go, and I am hoping her replacement will add a little excitement around here.
So as much as I like my coworkers, when we do get together once or twice a year for our meetings, it isn’t often enough to keep me feeling motivated. Life is too short to not like what you do for a living. We spend so much of our lives working, shouldn’t we be happy doing it? So I came up with a plan. I’m going to take the pre-requisites for the teaching credential, starting next summer, after I finish up my networking academy. I think by doing those pre-reqs I’ll get a feel for it, and decide if it’s what I want to pursue. I can keep my job in the meantime, and see if I will finally get a promotion. It’s possible that with a promotion and seeing more people on a daily basis, I may start really loving it.
After discussing my plan with Match, who agreed that this job isn’t right for me, we both decided that gradually moving forward is the best plan. Just having a plan makes me feel like a weight has been lifted. We’ll see how this next semester goes, and I plan to finish what I started with the networking academy, as grueling as it may be. I am learning a lot, and it reminded me of just how much I missed school. Also, taking my time to get the credential, working around my work schedule, I’m hoping will give the economy time to come back up a little bit.
So how about any of you-have you ever made a big career change? Are you contemplating one? Have you started out doing one career and realized it wasn’t what you thought it would be?