Time to Get Out of IT? Part II
If you weren't in your current IT gig, what would you do? A few days ago, in response to the seemingly unending debate over how many good IT jobs there really are out there, I posed a simple question: Is it time to get out of IT?
One option I offered for disenchanted IT pros was consulting. It's a logical move, and one that many IT pros do after working in-house.
I was thinking back to some research we did earlier this year on what CIOs do next. I thought consulting was higher on the list; turns out I was wrong.
Here's what we found when we asked 210 IT executives about their expected career progression:
Become CIO at another company - 32% Stay put - 23% CEO - 10% Entrepreneur - 8% Retire - 7% Non-IT exec post other than CEO - 7% Consultant - 6% Non-IT/non-corporate position - 2% Other - 5%
So, more options. Still, most CIOs expect that they'll continue in the CIO position, whether at their current firm or another.
But what about lower-level IT pros, or those aspiring to the CIO perch? The above list offers some options. (Well, maybe becoming CEO is out of the question, unless, of course, you start your own business.)
If you weren't at your current job, what would you be doing? Where do you think you'll go next? (Feel free to write about your dream job, but I'd rather here about the more realistic options.)