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Andreger
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17 Sep 2014, 5:41 am

Nex year I'm going to start college for History major as I always wanted to.
Now I'm IT Engineer but I hate this job - for me it's just wasting lifetime, 10 hrs per day. I've never been fond of software, bug fixing, developing, testing and so on while sittilg in front of laptop screen.
I'm sill not sure about career but one thing is for sure - I'd never work in IT anymore.



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18 Sep 2014, 9:14 am

Andreger wrote:
Nex year I'm going to start college for History major as I always wanted to.
Now I'm IT Engineer but I hate this job - for me it's just wasting lifetime, 10 hrs per day. I've never been fond of software, bug fixing, developing, testing and so on while sittilg in front of laptop screen.
I'm sill not sure about career but one thing is for sure - I'd never work in IT anymore.


I hope it goes well for you. I have NLD but the docs think it really is just part of the Autism Spectrum. I discovered truck driving quite by accident: one of the best discoveries I ever made! I happily put over 10 years' worth of IT experience into the trash can and traded a cubicle for a tractor cab. Despite having visual spatial difficulties, I learned if I make slow and deliberate maneuvers when in tight spaces, I'm ok. Hell, if I have to get out and look, I do.

Since I lean somewhat more towards the solitary life, truck driving is actually quite appealing and I do it surprisingly well. Plus, what beats showing up to work in jeans, cowboy boots, and a tee shirt!? :D



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19 Sep 2014, 4:13 am

mattschwartz01 wrote:
Andreger wrote:
Nex year I'm going to start college for History major as I always wanted to.
Now I'm IT Engineer but I hate this job - for me it's just wasting lifetime, 10 hrs per day. I've never been fond of software, bug fixing, developing, testing and so on while sittilg in front of laptop screen.
I'm sill not sure about career but one thing is for sure - I'd never work in IT anymore.


I hope it goes well for you. I have NLD but the docs think it really is just part of the Autism Spectrum. I discovered truck driving quite by accident: one of the best discoveries I ever made! I happily put over 10 years' worth of IT experience into the trash can and traded a cubicle for a tractor cab. Despite having visual spatial difficulties, I learned if I make slow and deliberate maneuvers when in tight spaces, I'm ok. Hell, if I have to get out and look, I do.

Since I lean somewhat more towards the solitary life, truck driving is actually quite appealing and I do it surprisingly well. Plus, what beats showing up to work in jeans, cowboy boots, and a tee shirt!? :D


I'm glad for you :-) But truck driver's job can not always be so nice - just imagine driving in cold winter night with heating system broken or when in autumn your truck is almost swimming in liquid mud for hundred of miles or just fixing engine by yourself in the middle of nowhere without any cars around and no phone. In Rusia or China it is more common than just sit and drive on highway.



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26 Oct 2014, 4:31 pm

Hi, an update. I didn't find Vocational Rehab very helpful. They didn't really understand NVLD and tried to refer me to classic autism-spectrum jobs like computer programming and completely wrong things like elementary school recess monitor. But I ended up finding a job on my own, as an executive assistant sort to a small business owner. It's not very high paying (part time) or the most exciting work, but my boss seems happy with me and the work I'm doing so far!



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26 Oct 2014, 5:17 pm

I'm glad for your success. I hope this leads to promotions, etc. Do you get good medical benefits?



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26 Oct 2014, 5:34 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
I'm glad for your success. I hope this leads to promotions, etc. Do you get good medical benefits?


I'm working part time with no benefits, and the business is small enough that there's likely not opportunity for promotion unless it expands. But I am gladl to be working again and not being bullied on the job or reamed for poor performance.



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26 Oct 2014, 7:14 pm

I'm glad you're in a "good place" now.



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03 Nov 2014, 3:27 pm

If you like rules, I would like to recommend regulatory compliance work as a possibility, especially coming from a social sciences background. You might be able to be part of IRB administration, accounting for a research team, internal auditor of processes at a large university/corporation, or some other form of administration that capitalizes on your skills and training. The nice thing about regulatory work as an overall field is that it leaves you in contact with generally smart people and the work that you circulate around has the potential to be of interest to you. The bad thing is that you spend a lot of time playing either good cop or bad cop, but you're always seen as a cop. It's not for everyone, but I like to toss it out there as an alternate to IT.

(I, too, dream of driving a truck - what is with that as a fantasy?!?)


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10 Nov 2014, 6:00 am

AnnieDog wrote:
If you like rules, I would like to recommend regulatory compliance work as a possibility, especially coming from a social sciences background. You might be able to be part of IRB administration, accounting for a research team, internal auditor of processes at a large university/corporation, or some other form of administration that capitalizes on your skills and training. The nice thing about regulatory work as an overall field is that it leaves you in contact with generally smart people and the work that you circulate around has the potential to be of interest to you. The bad thing is that you spend a lot of time playing either good cop or bad cop, but you're always seen as a cop. It's not for everyone, but I like to toss it out there as an alternate to IT.

(I, too, dream of driving a truck - what is with that as a fantasy?!?)


Thanks, this area looks almost just I was searching for. However I've looked through available jobs in these fields and found out they all require at least BA in Management or Economy, or even MA in these fields - so my MS in IT is not relevant for them. Unfortunately I can't use this opportunity due to next summer I'm going to university Political Science - not long ago I started running one social science startup and I'll need to have related degree for many cases.
I hoped I'll be able to find some career outside IT to pay at least the basic bills while startup is not grown up enough. I consider it to be 2-3 years, I don't wanna stay in IT for so long period and try to find something else where IT degree is a plus.