While pondering over the meaning of life and everything. I got into a thought path that led me down a road to ask myself, “Why do I do what I do?”. Is it because I like logical and high intensity problem solving? Is it because I like to help people? Or is it because it’s just plain awesome? The world of I.T is a very intimidating and scary place to me, all it takes is a press of a button and you’ve destroyed a business’ data and demolished any hope of them being able to rebuild their data. But on the other-hand, it’s an exciting and exteremely fun industry to work in. Let’s get started, and I hope by the end of it you will want to join one of the few professional areas that isn’t doomed by the current financial cliamte.
1. A Living, Breathing Revenge of the Nerds.
This first point is fairly simple. Nerds are in control, whether you like it or not. In the 21st century, technology is life. It is how we communicate and interact with other people all over the world in an instant. With all these complicated systems, comes a great responsibility for the people who manage them. The nerds. Together, we control pretty much the entire world, in a joint effort, we keep planes in the air, we keep business’ from failing and we keep their data secure so that they can rebuild after a catastrophic event. If the nerds of the world were to initiate a strike, the whole world would surely crumble around us. Ships wouldn’t get to port safely, inter-continental travel would break down and it’s possible that the global scrabble and monopoly skill-set would grow exponentially. If it turned to civil war between the nerds and the rest of the world, the ‘rest of the world’ would try and use weapons and physically attack the opposition, while the nerds would just build a device to automate the process.
It’s not hard to see why we aren’t feared or respected.
In conclusion, nerds are the heart of the modern world. So the next time you can’t connect to your wi-fi or you’ve clicked there to win a free iPad and infected your PC worse than a cheerleader after homecoming, just give the nerds a little bit of respect.
2. It’s the Babes! Stupid.
When it comes to setting up a 10 virtual server domain network, you are able to stand (or sit, based on personal perference) back and look at the small problems that you once found tricky to diagnose. Once you get to the more advanced and technical aspects of I.T, you are able to fix less complex and minor issues with ease and finess. This leads us to the status of ‘hero’ and in turn, the aforementioned ‘babes’.
All you need to do is fix little problems for a woman, and you become their ‘knight in a shining batman costume’. It’s a good way to initiate a conversation and get to know the person. Most of the time it won’t work in the slightest, and she’ll never speak to you when you’ve fixed the issue. But for that one second, there is hope. Which is pretty much what every nerd feeds off. It’s these small encounters that keep us alive and make us feel just that little bit more involved with the social world.
If anyone else can think of some good reasons to work in I.T, I’d love to hear them.
Thanks for reading, I hope that more will be coming soon. Ben.
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Author: Callum Dolman
1st line Tech support agent and Staffordshire IT's in house blogger