....whilst travelling at a slow speed to engage an on looking street audience.
Where do I sign up? I'd fit right in with those cool, hip young dudes.
I especially like this bit....whilst travelling at a slow speed to engage an on looking street audience.
And you get paid for that?
Stephen wrote:I've come to realise that I need to get out of IT work and do something else. The realisation hit me during my annual performance review last week. The bosses were describing what I needed to do to improve and I was sitting there nodding my head and saying "yes, I can do that", all the while thinking how little I care about any of it.
I've had a pretty good career in IT for the last 20 years, my particular blend of skills has always been appreciated somewhere, but that's changing. At my age most developers have moved up the ladder to project management or even CIO, but I've stuck in my niche because I enjoy fiddling with web pages and making them do neat stuff. I've mostly worked alone or in small teams. But that's not good enough anymore. There's too much integration with other systems required and there's a never-ending, ever-changing stream of technologies and standards to keep up with. I just can't cope with it anymore.
I understand that when Airbus jets are crashing into the Atlantic with 300 people aboard because the programmer stuffed up then it has to change. When we pay $1.3 billion for a $100 milllion ticketing system that still doesn't work because the designers and analysts over-promised and under-delivered then it has to change. So programming and application development has to become an engineering discipline.
But I don't think that I want to be part of it, I don't even think that I am capable of being part of it. I attend these development meetings where the other programmers argue the benefits of one method over another and I feel like Ralph Wiggum might feel if he has stumbled into a quantum mechanics lecture.
But deciding to change jobs is one thing, deciding what to do is another. I'm stuck in a bit of a salary trap. I sort of feel need to keep earning my current wage for the sake of my family and I can't see any other job paying as well. But I'm getting the feeling that the change will be forced upon me. So I've been talking with the wife and she agrees that we can manage on a bit less. The mortgage is paid off, the kids are starting to look after themselves a bit more and maybe we can go back to being a one car family.
So I'm starting to look at totally different kinds of lower paid jobs like Bus Driving, retail (as in stacking the shelves at Bunnings). I just want to go to work happy again and have some genuine downtime. Its seems like my off-days are filled with worry about the deadline I missed or studying up on some new application.
Anyone got any other ideas for a 55 year old male? Low pay is OK but job security is still important, that's why I applied for the bus driver job.
I do have a teaching qualification in maths and science but the thought of getting back in front of a classrooom fills me with dread. Someone suggested that TAFE colleges are lot gentler on the nervous system, how do you get into that?
wagger wrote:Bus driving involves shift work, but unionised enough that you actually get paid for overtime.
Bus drivers with otime net over $1000pw.
wagger wrote:Maybe consider a metro train driver? Heaps of overtime. Only drive 200km per day and you get to live a boyhood dream. Some earn $100k+ pa
wagger wrote:Otherwise the police are recruiting protective service officers....
Stephen wrote:wagger wrote:Maybe consider a metro train driver? Heaps of overtime. Only drive 200km per day and you get to live a boyhood dream. Some earn $100k+ pa
I don't imagine that would be easy to get into.
Stephen wrote:wagger wrote:Otherwise the police are recruiting protective service officers....
…and I'm a coward.
schwarz wrote:Stephen wrote:wagger wrote:Otherwise the police are recruiting protective service officers....
…and I'm a coward.
If you could combine bullying with that you'd make a great ticket inspector.
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