IT Pros and Pirates

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September 17, 2019

Ah yes, it’s IT Pro Day again – very soon!

Each year, on the third Tuesday of September, we’re celebrating the unsung heroes of IT. Well, someone did sing, but that’s a different story.

The IT Pro Day is certainly more important than the (talk like a) Pirate Day, celebrated just two days later. One-Eyed-Willy would probably disagree, but hey: Back in his days there was no IT on ships, only curved swords.

I cannot think of another job where learning and growing are so essential but rewarding and, at the same time, so straight forward. Depending on whatever niche you are working in, you can develop your learning path, study, sit an exam, and while this will not only broaden your horizon, it will also open new opportunities at work as soon as you start sharing your knowledge. You are in full control, and that’s one of the best things ever!

Plus, the convenience of working with at least two screens, so there is always space for a browser game. Just in case you need to work overtime, while you are ensuring that the background scripts execute correctly. They could never do this without your supervision!

Another perk of working in IT is that you can decorate your desk with pictures of wookies and elves and unicorns and sharks with lasers and no one would ever judge.
They wouldn’t understand anyway.

Still, some days are dragging, like in many other jobs, too.
For example, there might be that person working in accounting who frequently causes trouble with, let’s say, Bitlocker. As you fixed it for the third time, you wish back the days of BOFH in the 90s. But unfortunately, that’s not possible anymore. Close your eyes for a second. Think of pirates.

On that note, do you know what the worst thing you could do as an IT Pro is? Showing up at a random party, having a glass of whatever, and when someone asks you, “so, what do you do?” DO NOT respond with “I work with computers.”

I’ve been there. It won’t end nice.
Instead, I suggest saying, “I am a pirate, arrr” and focus on your drink.

Happy IT Pro day everyone.

Sascha Giese

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