I just found this introduction forum and thought I'd say hi
I've been working in IT as a technical consultant for almost ten years now. I've done almost everything except programming: training, support, specifications, documentation, configuration, deployment, migration... I've co-written three books on the software I specialize on. It used to be fun, when I would still have a lot to learn, and my job was mainly about making a server do what it's supposed to do. But nowadays, 90% of the time I'm a project leader, which mainly involves getting up at 4am and traveling to the other side of the country for endless meetings with people who can't agree with each other. And paperwork. Lots of paperwork.
I worked very hard to get to this place where I don't want to be.
I'm currently in parental leave, and when I get back to work, I want to do something else. Aside from the fact that I'm very bored, it's not a good idea I think to remain a very specialized consultant in a niche market that might one day disappear. I need to broaden my horizon, and I've been thinking about becoming a programmer for years, so I'm finally giving it a shot now that I have the time for it. I've already found a lot of helpful information on this forum