Originally Posted by MensaWater
Sometimes taking a step back to move forward pays off.
I used to work in Hospitality/Accounting but was burned out on it after I'd moved up to Controller of a large hotel. I had the opportunity to go to work for a company that made hotel software which seemed a natural move to me. That got me into IT at a rather large pay cut but within 2-3 years I was back at my previous level of pay and had been promoted twice. I changed jobs after that and with my first review at new job was making more than double what I had been when I made.
Prior to that on two separate occasions I'd stepped back into worker bee positions on leaving management jobs and found myself quickly rising back up the ranks. In one job I actually had 4 promotions in 4 years and in the 5th year got a transfer/promotion to the Caribbean.
If you have talent sometimes moving on is the only way to end up moving up.
However in IT I prefer to stay as system admin. The title doesn't change but the job does simply because technology evolves. What I was doing as a sysadm back in 1994 bears little resemblance to what I'm doing now.
Awesome. The one downside for me is that my wife is currently going back to school as an adult because she was burned out and wants to make a career change. Thus, I'm supporting the both of us. I currently make what I consider "just enough" for us to live comfortably in Los Angeles (and that is with us only owning one car which is hard to do in LA). Cutting my salary in half right now would not work. The good thing is I do work in the technology/it dept for a large company and I do get exposed to a lot of technology even if it's not part of my job responsibilities. The wife and I would both like to leave CA in the near future so at this point I'm planning on staying where I am for 2 more years while she finishes school and then trying to relocate somewhere and find a job in some sort of sys admin capacity. By that time I figure I will have a lot more experience under my belt even if it's just managing my home network and webserver