TED Conversations

Sanjay Patel

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

Working in IT?

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.

0
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • 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.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.