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Ten Dirty Little Secrets You Should Know About Working In IT

I like a good "xyz ten" list (where xyz = top, best, worst, ...) as much as the other guy. And though I admit that the notion is, in most cases, rather shallow (oversimplification <> clear and concise delivery of a message) it often makes for an uplifting (funny) read. Here's one:
  1. IT pros frequently use jargon to confuse nontechnical business managers and hide the fact that they screwed up
  2. Some IT professionals deploy technologies that do more to consolidate their own power than to help the business
  3. Veteran IT professionals are often the biggest roadblock to implementing new technologies
  4. You’ll spend far more time babysitting old technologies than implementing new ones
  5. Vendors and consultants will take all the credit when things work well and will blame you when things go wrong
  6. Your nontechnical co-workers will use you as personal tech support for their home PCs
  7. Certifications won’t always help you become a better technologist, but they can help you land a better job or a pay raise
  8. You will go from goat to hero and back again multiple times within any given day
  9. It will be your fault when users make silly errors
  10. The pay in IT is good compared to many other professions, but since they pay you well, they often think they own you

Naturally, I did not come up with it. So, I have to give credit where credit is due - check out the original (and expanded) version here

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