B.S. in MIS ... Considering Switching Careers and Need Advice On What To Do ?
I'm in my late 20's and have come to the realization that what was once my passion in life now feels meaningless and empty.
When I was younger, I loved working with computers with a passion. I was really good at it and would dabble in almost everything from programming to 3d/cad design. Since I had a broad range of interests and experiences, and since I had fairly good communication skills and drive, I decided to go the MIS route with an emphasis in Business. I got hired right out of college at a startup that a friend helped me land a job in. The only downside is that I was brought in as Sales Development. I never really had done sales but I did my best and was doing ok for my first real gig. After about 8 months, the company had a massive lay off and 1/3 of the company was dissolved ... my friend and I were in that group of 15 that got let go.
I got another job a few months after working for a MSP where I was basically a sys admin for about 2 dozen different law firms. I was getting paid practically minimum wage and had to use my own car driving from site to site to do minor things like setting up new computes all the way to more major things like setting up NAS systems for redundant backup. I loved the work but the hours were insane and I started to lose my passion because I had virtually no way to progress. After much thought, I ended up leaving and went to work as a Customer Support Tech for a software company in the aviation field. I liked helping people but after seeing what was going on behind the scenes and how poorly the code implementations and fixes were done ... I ended up leaving to find something else. It just wasn't fulfilling and I kept feeling like I was lying to customers in order to make up for the shortcomings of poor management and development ... During that time, I won an employee of the year award and was trying to sidetrack my way into the IT dept. at this company (which only consisted of 1 person) but a few months later it was a no go after pretty much being promised the position.
I decided I needed to take some time to find myself and try to re-ignite my passion. A few months after that I started working at the company I am with now as a Support Engineer providing back-line support for many enterprise SAN/NAS systems out on the market along with different tape libraries. I am learning a lot but again I feel like I'm in a production line working day in and day out without any light at the end of the tunnel for growth. The pay is ok, but there is virtually no moving up in this company since it only consists of 9 people... A majority of the company is family and since I'm not family ... I don't get to take 3 hour lunches and slack off for most of the day. I also am on call every 3rd week and sometimes have to take calls at 2, 3, 4 in the morning and am expected to arrive the next day at 7 am. It just isn't what I thought I was going to be doing ... For some reason, I can't seem to land any interviews at bigger companies and only seem destined to work for smaller institutions.
I'm 28 and I'm frustrated ... no girlfriend/wife/kids and I thought I did everything right. Most of my friends slacked off in school and now are CPAs and Managers at other companies while I worked hard and feel like I'm in quicksand trying to make it through the day. I guess it's safe to say that I lost my passion in this field. It seems like if you don't want to program, you are dead to the industry because all of your jobs are being shipped overseas.
I've been battling depression for years now and feel like my best years are behind me. Help me figure out what I can/should do to still my degree / experience count towards something more meaningful and fulfilling career wise... Please