Want an Exciting Career in IT?

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It's time to quite your IT job

IT can be a pretty boring job, in fact about 6 years ago I almost left the field completely.  Why?  Because I was working for the wrong company.  Enterprise IT is a lot of things, but one thing it’s NOT is exciting.  There’s nothing wrong with “enterprise” that place just isn’t for people who are looking for excitement!

So how do you find an exciting job in information technology?  There’s two answers: the simple one, and the more complicated one.  I’ll get simple out of the way.

The simple answer:  Join a startup!  I’m not talking about the 2 guys in a garage kind.  The kind of company I’m referring to is an organization that’s well funded, without too much rigidity, and that’s heavily involved in tech.  You will almost certainly find adventure there.

The complicated answer (or maybe not):  Look at the company’s marketing and sales departments.

Why you ask?  Companies will only move as fast as their fastest customer, and speed is what makes IT fun.  How does this work?  Picture a tier one auto supplier – now ask yourself: who are their customers?  The big three auto manufactures.  The big three are many wonderful things, but FAST is not one of them.  It’s 2017 and we’re still waiting on quality electric vehicles…

A tier one auto supplier will not receive an economic advantage from a highly agile business model.  That may change in the future, but today this simply isn’t the case.  Enterprise companies generally value stability, and for most stability comes at the cost of speed.

Compare this to how B2C businesses behave.  Most folks want the brand new “thing”, phone, shoes, pants, apps, etc.  The demand for a business to be agile is much greater because they are responding to demands of the end customer.  Even what was a traditional business like mortgage origination has been revolutionized by Quicken Loan’s because they know customers want mortgage applications processed fast.

So, if you’re looking for an exciting career before you even apply to an organization you should look at who their customers are.  Then you should look at what their online presence is.  Finally, when in the interview, you should ask how the company views IT.  Is it a cost center or a profit center?  If you can find an organization that views IT as a profit center you’ve most likely struck gold.

Of course, this philosophy is not foolproof, but it will generally steer you in the right direction.  What are your thoughts?

Originally posted on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/want-exciting-career-steven-aiello

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