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.)


3 Comments for "Time to Get Out of IT? Part II"

  • sam September 18, 2008 11:06 pm

    YEP, long past time! Where do you think all the IT workers from the financial services folks will end up? Nowhere, thats where!

  • Bob Page September 16, 2008 9:05 am

    Eric's point about the roles of IT and business converging are correct, however there are folks in IT who do not have a passion for "technology" in its purest forms -- their passion may be in making Information actionable. In the E-suite there are increasingly blurry lines of the role of IT and business (operations), finance, HR, corp dev, etc... True technologists should harness thier passion by selecting a business unit assignment that is aligned with a specific competency or passion. An individual with a passion or interest in a business element, who is not necessary a technologist, should develop the skill in the business segment, nuturing the technological aspect so that they may better communicate and articulate business needs. As the CIO for a company I entered this track because of the detailed knowledge and understanding of mutiple business areas and an strong project management discipline. Converging areas of responsibility will increasingly result in more of a support role and less of a C position -- for a true technologist this is should be fine; others will find this very frustrating and less rewarding.

  • Eric Chabrow September 12, 2008 10:44 am

    The question isn't whether someone should get into IT. IT evolves, and so do the professions that create and support it. IT and business responsibilities in the workplace are converging. The question shouldn't be: Should I go into IT? It should be: What is the best career path I should take to exploit my interest in technology? The answer may be found outside the IT shop.

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