reply to post by NarcolepticBuddha
I'm glad you found employment. I'm sure you'd be happy if it was in your field of study, but that is a reality of life these days, most of the
degrees people are coming out with are meaningless.
I really don't understand why people expect to land high paying jobs in their fields right out of school. It has never been that way and never will
be, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up.
Take my story for example. I'm an artistic and musically inclined person. I took a year off between highschool and college to figure out where I
wanted to be in 4 years. I decided at the time, that graphic design would allow me to do something I love and considered a hobby, and get paid to do
So I found a course at a community college that merged my love of graphic design, with IT. The course I took had you form a team, then create a
company, pick a field of study or training, then create a computer based training system for that field. This forced everyone to be jack of all
trades, you had to take all of the courses.
I was the lead designer, yet, I had to still take programming and the business aspect of it. during that time, I found myself not really enjoying
being, what I called, a "button monkey" creating buttons sucked the joy out of design for me and I became fascinated with programming, and
eventually switched to being the lead programmer.
Now, this is a 2 year course. Around the middle of the second year I decided that I wanted to stretch even further into the other courses offered,
and jumped into the 2nd year of the 3d animation and design course, which was supposed to see me graduate in 3 years with 2 diplomas, technicality
So I finish my courses, start applying for any IT related jobs and moved to the city I'm in now. It sector took a massive hit after 911 and any of
my prospects simply evaporated. I worked a few crappy jobs in between. Worked as a "sitter" for a healthcare company. Basically, I'd go into
the terminally ill ward at the hospital and keep people company, read to them, talk to them, help take some of the load off the nurses. After that I
bounced into an inventory job where I had to travel around the province in the wee hours of the morning, taking inventory for massive grocery stores
and retail outlets. Again, no where even close to my field.
Then I decided to go back to school and went to a private college for IT and Networking + Security. That course alone cost twice as much as the other
two courses I took.
When I finished that, again, still not many prospects, but thanks to connections made at non IT related jobs, I was directed to a non profit
organization that recycles and refurbishes old computers and network equipment, donating it to local non profit groups, schools, and even exporting
some to Africa. This loosely connects with my training, but really, all we were doing there was sorting crap from 1 pile to another and pulling out
what could be recycled.
A job that is completely "beneath" my and my training level.
BUT.... Because I stuck with it, when the provincial government started this massive student/teacher laptop project, providing a high end wireless
network for every school in the province, supplying all teachers with laptops, and most students as well, I was there, with resume in hand when they
needed someone to tear down the old library and convert it into a computer imaging and repair lab.
Again, a task completely below my training level. BUT because I stuck with it, it landed me a few casual government contracts.
Well, it's 6 years later, I'm still here on 3 year contracts at a time, making a comfortable living doing something that mostly I consider a
But I would have never gotten where I am without taking a job that some would consider beneath me.
If you aren't willing to work for it, what the hell do you expect out of life?