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    Hi,
    I work as an IT engineer in the North West in a medium sized organisation on 50k a year with a good pension. My work is somewhat varied as I have a reasonable amount of freedom around projects that I get involved in. I left the contracting market a few years ago after the Mrs wanted to move and I took my job as:
    - It's a 25 minute commute from home
    - It pays reasonably well for the area
    - Good pension
    - I can work 2-3 days a week from home (generally there's very little travel requirements)
    - Low stress and pressure, this is in part due to the fact that I'm good at what I do, but also as the organisation is a bit disorganised, I only need to work at the level of my peers to do a reasonable job (in some cases, not difficult)
    - Flexible hours, e.g. 8 to 4, 10 to 6, etc without the need to do overtime, on calls or formally log hours

    The downsides to the role are:
    - No formal training/courses available
    - Takes forever for senior management to make a decision or change the status quo
    - Slow to adopt new technology
    - Lack of career progression
    - A significant culture of following the highest paid opinion

    From what I've seen, most of the roles that would be a step up career wise involve a significant increase in hours, stress and travel, which when you consider the 45% tax on the salary increase just isn't worthwhile. I'm curious on readers' opinion if my assumption on moving up the career ladder is in line with their experiences?

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    All fine until the company suddenly folds or lets you go without warning. Then you suddenly find that after taking it easy for so long nobody wants to employ you.

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    All fine until the company suddenly folds or lets you go without warning. Then you suddenly find that after taking it easy for so long nobody wants to employ you.
    Fair point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWolves View Post
    All fine until the company suddenly folds or lets you go without warning. Then you suddenly find that after taking it easy for so long nobody wants to employ you.
    WTWS.
    If you find yourself in the job market for any reason, you will be unemployable because you had an easy life in your last gig. Learn a new skill every few months, IT is rapidly changing and you cannot afford to stay still or you risk becoming obsolete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 13122018 View Post
    Hi,
    I work as an IT engineer in the North West in a medium sized organisation on 50k a year with a good pension. My work is somewhat varied as I have a reasonable amount of freedom around projects that I get involved in. I left the contracting market a few years ago after the Mrs wanted to move and I took my job as:
    - It's a 25 minute commute from home
    - It pays reasonably well for the area
    - Good pension
    - I can work 2-3 days a week from home (generally there's very little travel requirements)
    - Low stress and pressure, this is in part due to the fact that I'm good at what I do, but also as the organisation is a bit disorganised, I only need to work at the level of my peers to do a reasonable job (in some cases, not difficult)
    - Flexible hours, e.g. 8 to 4, 10 to 6, etc without the need to do overtime, on calls or formally log hours

    The downsides to the role are:
    - No formal training/courses available
    - Takes forever for senior management to make a decision or change the status quo
    - Slow to adopt new technology
    - Lack of career progression
    - A significant culture of following the highest paid opinion

    From what I've seen, most of the roles that would be a step up career wise involve a significant increase in hours, stress and travel, which when you consider the 45% tax on the salary increase just isn't worthwhile. I'm curious on readers' opinion if my assumption on moving up the career ladder is in line with their experiences?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fullyautomatix View Post
    WTWS.
    If you find yourself in the job market for any reason, you will be unemployable because you had an easy life in your last gig. Learn a new skill every few months, IT is rapidly changing and you cannot afford to stay still or you risk becoming obsolete.
    Or don't bother and become a project manager.
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