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I have a dilemma where my current job isn’t providing me with the career development I want. I am not ‘learning or developing’ at this company. My passion used to be I.T but it’s slowly going away. There are many reasons, first my health has declined since working there and stress is a huge factor.

To put things into context, they have this expectation that you must “know it”; therefore they just give you projects or tasks to do with that in mind. I do state that it’s alien to me and that with all the will in the world it’s going to take time and guidance to complete something.

They have no comprehension of what learning is, in fact they think learning is getting on the Internet and searching for something. They dont manage you or manage projects. Everything is done on the fly, its utter madness.

My plan is to leave once I’ve done 12months at the company (3.5 months left) and by then I should have saved up £10k and this should support me in the coming months without a job. I intend to use this time at home to study 9-5 in the .NET Framework / C# coding so that I know how to program or can understand to a better level than currently. The idea is to produce an application from design to implementation so that I can take it to a new/better prospective employer.

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  • Jan 24 2012: Hi Sanjay,

    Sounds like it's more a problem of where you work than it is of what you're doing.

    My advice is to look for a new employer. Many here (in the US) offer ongoing training or tuition reimbursement for classes in your field. You may be able to work during the day while learning the .NET ecosystem at night. There are also a lot of self directed .NET educational materials available free on the web if classtime or tuition is a problem.

    You'll probably find that starting your own business and taking a product from idea to market takes longer, and costs more than you expect. It's a pretty big jump to go from web developer to "I do everything to build, market, collect payment, pay taxes.... for this product." In short, it's very difficult. Nonetheless it has it's benefits. The freedom to make the decisions, for good or bad, is a big one.

    Best of luck to you.
    • Jan 24 2012: thanks for taking the time to write your message. Im a realist my heart and my intentions are to make my product simply for job interviews. i would be utilizing many areas from programming and dot net. also ill know what is going on. right now i have a stable job but learning and development flawed big time!

      i have been downloading lots of tutorial videos from lynda.com but literally want to leave so i can study them and build something. i have tried to study on weekends but find Im either mentally exhausted from the week or just plain want to relax.
  • Jan 22 2012: i want to start with a document called a web development proposal which will contain all the things a customer would want. so its a requirements document for the scope of the project.

    to answer your question, i want to create a news article blog type website using concrete5 or DNN.

    i also have an idea for a print manager with an android app for a local business. so they can utilise the barcode scanning capabilities. the print manager will handle the rest.

    i want to write a proper development design for the 2nd idea and document and conduct proper testing. i simply want to do everything my current company does not do.

    what do you do for work?
    • Jan 22 2012: To be honest, I am a high school student with interest in neurology and psychology. Also, I do not have a job. Do you know of any preexisting models of those types and the flaws associated with them?
      • Jan 22 2012: To be honest my plan is to just right all my wrongs. I want to use Concrete5 to create a functional content managed article website. Then i want to create my own .net application which utilises Android/Iphone technology. This may not be a good idea for everyone but the plan is to make something similar to a portfolio.

        How long have you been out of a job? do you 'enjoy' what you do?
        • Jan 22 2012: I never had a job. The job market in the United States is designed for people that are 18 years old and older. I enjoy neurology and psychology. Matter fact, I created an idea of reforming the educational system using interactive learning programs. Did you look into http://wiggio.com/ by any chance?
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    Jan 27 2012: Hey Sanjay,

    I'm in IT as a system engineer, and have been in the position where you are. My advice is the same as Douglas gave you: switch jobs. The longer you stay there, the less you'll believe that there's something better out there. Believe me, (almost) everything is better than this.

    Learn the things you don't like, take a chance you believe in once in a while (keeping a little bit of money aside isn't a bad idea, especially nowadays) and turn those things you don't like into do-likes. Never let an employer numb you down and get you demotivated. I truly believe that your health will increase once you'll become motivated again. Your body/soul is trying to give you the alarm-signal. It's clear to me that you will never grow the way you'd like to do in this organization (read: environment), for as long as you will try with all the passion still left inside of you (which will probably run lower each passing day).

    I'm curious if you find similarities to yourself in this article: http://talentdevelop.com/articles/GITW.html.
    I did, and sometimes I read it just to remember what I'd like to become, and to remember that the only person who can tell me if I'm on the right path towards it is me.

    Find out what gets you motivated in the morning to get out of bed, and thereby find out what your passion is. I know from experience that this isn't easy, but I'm sure that in the end it will be worth it. I believe that you've got the spirit of an entrepreneur and would probably excel at this at some point in the future. Use the time you still work for a boss to learn everything you don't like, and turn it into something constructive and positive. I believe you have a strong character and are a person of good will. Let no one get you down!

    Bon Voyage Fellow Stranger!!

    ps: This one was on Dutch TV this evening and is spoken in English. It was a real motivator for me. Hopefully it can do the same for you: http://www.uitzendinggemist.nl/afleveringen/1236635
  • Jan 21 2012: well my job title is developer or web developer.
    • Jan 22 2012: Sounds interesting. What exactly do you want to design as the working model?
  • Jan 21 2012: What is your current job?