Work in the Future..


Back to IT…

I’m currently trying to change my career towards that direction - studying for a H.Dip in Computer Science, and I’m in my early thirties. What areas would users recommend I try to specialise in? I’m going to have options to study things like forensics, data mining and web development in my final semester.

And I’m definitely a work-to-live’r.


I think there will interesting developments around data during the next decade. Massive amounts of information are being generated and collected. We need to work more on the analysis. Some of this stuff raises privacy concerns but it’s nonetheless interesting for that.


Forensics and data mining sound like better options than web development to me…


How is your coding going? Are you any good? Do you enjoy it?


Software development tends to have very long hours and tight schedules but (unlike sys/net/db administration) you rarely get called at 3AM to investigate because the service is offline. I work in database administration and the hours are relatively sane except you are required to be on call a lot.

From what you’ve studied so far, what areas of IT interest you most?


No you’re not. I’ve worked in database administration for nigh on 20 years and been on call for 24 months, and even then was only called 4 times


I reckon I’ve enjoyed web stuff the most so far… but possibly only because I understand everything that’s going on. It’s one of those Bluebrick ICT courses, a HETAC level 8 squeezed into two semesters, so I’ve gone from knowing almost nothing 8 weeks ago to now having to try and code basic programs, design basic database systems and networks. It’s a lot to take in. My coding is so/so - I haven’t been able to properly adjust my brain to object oriented concepts yet. I’m sure I’ll get there. I definitely don’t want to work long hours, nor be on call.


What do folks think of a Maths degree? Pure or applied, specific courses, colleges etc?


UCD Hons pure maths is meant to be really difficult.

In my day only those that were PhD material saw it through for the 4 years. Most go down to pass by about December in first year.


A pure maths degree is probably one of the best you can do and will give you maximum career options.


agreed, pure maths and pure physics are good options


Would you recommend the bluebrick route? What’s your background if you don’t mind me asking?

I’ve toyed with the idea of going back myself just to give me a little more flexibility. I’m a masters level electronic engineer myself but work mainly now on the test and consultation side.


I used to visit my local graveyard a good bit because of my interest in our family tree, great grandparents graves etc etc.

I soon gave it up because it was too depressing. Reason - there were an inordinate number of graves of people who died in their thirties, forties and fifties.

Additionally, I grew up in a town way down the country. On a recent visit back (hadn’t been back for several years) I went to the local cemetery. Virtually all the people I knew of my parents generation - and a significant number of my school mates - were buried there. I knew more people dead in the cemetery than alive in the town.

“The longest life is VERY short”.

(Apologies - I know this post isn’t exactly lifegiving :smiley: )


You’d have to be supper brainy I’d say.


Odd, because I literally do not know a single practising DBA that doesn’t have some form of on-call requirement as part of their job …

Anyway, in my experience, across all forms of administrative IT work be it systems, networks or what-have-you it is a common requirement to have to work at weekends or in the wee hours of the night as this is generally the only time certain maintenance tasks can be performed (patching, upgrading, moving, rebooting, config changes etc.). But overall hours worked in a week are usually normal enough, whereas some people working in development can be forced to work incredibly long hours. Varies from place to place but I don’t know any developers who regularly work < 40 hours a week.

I find working in IT very fulfilling but I’m not sure if it’s a good career to get into if you fancy regular office hours and all your weekends free.

But maybe other people working in the field have a different experience?


Plumbing could be a good area to be over the coming years with water metering on its way. Forget about doing courses in fitting water meters - these contracts will be put out to tender to large service provider companies such as Sierra etc. However once the first consumer bills start to go out there will be a market for domestic water usage reduction measures such as flow restrictors, push button taps, low water use flushing cisterns, rain water recovery for garden use. None of this very complex.


No, that’s my experience too. The longer you are there, the worse it gets.

Working 9-5, it’s going to take 10 years to get to competency…


Anyone think dietetics/ helping the Obese to become otherwise, will ever really take off here?


What about a tattoo removal technician?

A lot of people out there with tattoos which I’m sure will become cringeworthy in a few years time.


Concert promoter.