The so called "expert" here... :) (Public Board)
I always loved IT work, but not all the politics that came with it.
I know what you mean. I always hated the politics and tried to avoid when I could. That's probably why I was never promoted into a management position.
Politics come with every job, but my issue with the IT field is that it is very ageist. When you get older, say over 50, you lose your marketability in the field. You can still work if you keep your skills up, but your selection of jobs becomes much more mediocre.
I'm not there yet but not too far away.
This isn't true in other fields. Age is considered a plus in the legal field. Lawyers can work in the field for as long as they live providing they become a partner in a firm or an expert witness, consultant, etc. A professional occupation like law, accounting or healthcare retains its viability. Your breadth of knowledge is considered a huge plus no matter your age.
Sometimes I think about a last ditch effort to go for an Accounting degree but my original degree was decades ago and I bet that none of the classes that I previously took would count toward another degree. It would take many years to get the degree. I'll probably end up just grinding it out in tech for as long as I can. Maybe I'll look into getting a hair transplant down the line and leave the first decade of my career off of my resume. LOL
Those professions have licenses and that really is the difference between IT and professional fields. IT has certifications that end up meaning nothing as time goes by but professional licenses maintain their viability.
The instructor in your law class did that student a favor. The law field is a real rat race and you burn out quick. Even if there is the possibility of job longevity in law, the field is too political and you likely won't be doing anything but grunt work.
Yeah. I wonder if he listened to the guy's advice and changed his mind. I long forgot his name but would otherwise look him up.