Author Topic: Young Person Wants To Become A "Web Developer" - Council Them For/Against?  (Read 2514 times)

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To the degree that he's looking for less hours and a more stable work environment, I don't think I'd recommend IT. Although it's a big field and there's lots of variance, as you know most IT people work significant overtime. So if he's looking for a "harbor from the storm," for most people, IT is not it. Just my opinion. 

Sounds like you did an excellent job of counseling him, ilconsiglliere. I hope he listens to you.

Lets put it this way, if we were all young and could do it again - would you go into IT? My answer is absolutely not.

The guys I know that are the happiest and make the most $ are the ones that own local businesses that are involved in the trades. Plumbers, electricians, painters, pool guys, etc…. They own a truck or trucks and have at most a small office. All the ones I know here in NJ make serious $, more than IT people. Most have multiple houses, boats, cars, etc…. That are all PAID OFF. They only work when they want - most are at the gym already at 5pm.

You see these guys and think to yourself that you are a putz for doing what we do.

One of his coworkers came up to me and asked me if what I think he is doing is smart. I said no and explained about the H1B thing. I said look, if you go into any company now its all foreigners. This did not just happen by magic and I talked about how they offshored the jobs and brought people here on visas.

Anyway the original young guy is saying that his friend is making great money doing this web stuff. Maybe he is. It could be that he found some niche. I just find it hard to believe that there are tons of jobs around for people to do this. Not in the places I work….

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The guys I know that are the happiest and make the most $ are the ones that own local businesses that are involved in the trades. Plumbers, electricians, painters, pool guys, etc…. They own a truck or trucks and have at most a small office. All the ones I know here in NJ make serious $, more than IT people. Most have multiple houses, boats, cars, etc…. That are all PAID OFF.

Yes! I know a family whose son was class valedictorian and refused to go to college and insisted on doing a trade apprenticeship. Father had a degree and was a professional, really took the kid to task for being a huge loser to not go to college which he said was the only way to get a good job.

You know what not going to college means? It means you don't have $250,000 in debt you can't get rid of at age 22, with nothing tangible to show for it.

It's now 20 years later. The kid owns a number of properties all fully paid off. He is retired from his trade at age 40, living off of rental income from his several million dollars in refurbished properties he bought with the big bucks he made doing plumbing and contracting work for 15 years. The advanced college degree father is underemployed and has to borrow money from the son. The son has class and refrains from calling his father a big fat loser as his father once did to him.