What would you rather be?

By lokem ยท 32 replies
Mar 13, 2002
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  1. 1. Software engineer
    2. Systems engineer
    3. Technical support

    I'm currently a software engineer and it's getting really boring. Been doing that for 2 years now. Was thinking of going into the systems side of stuff.

    What do you guys think?

    Comments are welcome.
  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I've been a software engineer/software support/systems analyst/data monkey for about 3 and a half years now. I think I need to work for a different company or at least work on some different software as presently I am bored out of my skull with what I am working on :(

    I wouldn't mind being a systems engineer but having to do technical support for a living is something that I would hate to do.
  3. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 672

    Re: Re: What would you rather be?

    I guess I'm getting there! Hoping to get some challenging stuff to do is rather hard to come by these days.

    Some pple will swear against having to code for a living as well ;) Just wished there's a job where you can do both! :)
  4. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,006

    Tech Support, definatly Tech....and the calls would make great posts...!!1
  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Problem is if the person isn't online you can't just say "Check out this post". You have to reiterate how to do X everytime someone calls with that problem.....
  6. Whack0

    Whack0 TS Rookie Posts: 166

    I was going to be a software engineer (I learned a bit of programming by myself throughout high school), but I chose to go to an art school (last minute decision sort of thing). I thought I would regret it (I do just a little bit - everyone I know of [brother, cousins, friends] are going into a computer related field), but it turns out that I enjoy art more than programming.

    ...not to sway anyone's decisions....i just wanted ta share :rolleyes: :p
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Oh, it certainly does. But don't get me started on that right now.... ;)
  8. Ai Hate

    Ai Hate TS Rookie Posts: 302

    tech support, eh? i have no real experience of what being a tech support is like, but if it's like what i imagined (answering phone calls/e-mails about the same common prob every day), then i must give it a big NO NO :p

    when i was working at the computer room at teh university as a part time job (mainly building rigs from broken parts), it's not that bad. though it is quite boring building broken rigs, but at least i'm working somewhere that there're lots of girls (the university) ;)
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I wanted to go down the Art road.
    I wanted to do Architecture at university but my parents didn't think it was a good choice and asked me to pick another subject.
    Quite liked computers so I chose that. Still not sure if it was the right choice for me or not :(
  10. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 672

    I would have taken something else if I'm interested in other stuff apart from computers :D
  11. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,006

    I have changed my mine about tech support. I think I would rather be wealthy and not have to work for a living. Just travel around the country, stop anywhere I choose....yeah thats what I would rather be...world traveler...
  12. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 672

    I'm sure EVERYONE here has that dream dude :D Perhaps a better dream would be wealthy and be given the chance to test out each and every new piece of hardware that comes out to the market :D
  13. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,006

    Now your talking Lokum...and while I am on the subject, ARE you following me around ?? Just kidding, glad to see you here, Are you an F-1 racing fan ?? they are on your side of the world tomorrow (or today). At this writing it is 12:30 on the east coast of the US, how bout there....if you are an F-1 fan, cheer one for me on Ferrari please.
  14. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    I would have to say Tech Support. I am in sales right now and I hate it. Dealing with customers face to face is really tough sometimes.
  15. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TS Maniac Posts: 290

    I'm hoping really bad to graduate after one more school-year, but I don't know if I'll be able to land a video game programming job right off the bat since my school doesn't teach us that stuff; only how to program using java and c++ primarily.

    All my life I've been good with drawing and a lot of people from my childhood would be surprised that I'm not going into the field of art. I, myself have wondered how college would've been a whole lot easier if I majored in Art.
  16. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    After eleven hours from now, I'm in an interview for tech support job..
  17. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 672

    Hey, good luck dude!

    Doesn't Tech Support deal with end users as well? Some pple swear against that ;) Heheh...

    Uhh.. Nopes, I'm not following you around. You're the 2nd person to ask me that ;) Sad to say I missed the F1 race. I'm a fan, but I just can't get myself to go to the track becoz it's wayyy tooo hot there and with the weather this bad (the dreaded haze is back), I can't be bothered going outdoors. Track temperature should be ~36-40c. Too bad Ferrari didn't win. Surprising win from Ralph Schuey ;)
  18. setscrew

    setscrew TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I would have to palce my vote for 'systems engineer'.

    Based on my definition of this term, it would be a person that takes a broad set of goals, and finds a way to achieve those goals with a common set of tools. It sounds like it could be very challenging.
  19. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 672

    Interesting. Would you be so kind as to share your definition of a Systems Engineer?
  20. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,006

    Hey lokum,

    If you make it to the states in september of this year, lets go to the F-1 race in Indianapolis ? I have been the last two years and I love it. I am a race fan too and again I am a traditionalist.

    Real Race cars DON'T have fenders !!!
  21. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 672

    Thanks for the offer, but I'm too bz with my work and I'm getting ready for something BIG in my life right now ;)
  22. Butterball

    Butterball TS Rookie Posts: 75

    Currently a high school student I think I would like Tech support more. The opportunity to help others and bring about quality support and create a caring environment ohh who am I kidding I would set up a CS server on the domain and never do any work

    (Worked as an Intern at a respectable place (doing surface mounts) and didn't see any work actually being done but did meet the leader of www.boisegamers.com)
  23. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,006

    Getting married ?? Don't do it man...or did I mean to say Good Luck ?

    If that is not it, what you gonna do, if I may ask ?
  24. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    did you get it????
  25. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Probably over qualified :)

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