Hard Truth Working in IT InfrastructureOh, you’ve finally landed the perfect job in an IT infrastructure. You feel that life has finally come on track and you can breathe a sigh of relief. While there is much to rejoice over, you need to also comprehend that an Information Technology infrastructure comes with a lot of downsides and responsibilities, and people who work in this field tend to experience these downsides in their truest form. There are some hard truths you learn when you work in IT infrastructure. While the IT infrastructure is surpassing unprecedented heights, here, we take a look at some of the lighter details surrounding work in this field and look at the hard truth that often goes unnoticed.

“The Internet Isn’t Working”

‘The Internet Isn’t Working’, is one phrase that you will hear often. You will hear this term hour after hour, as others will look towards you with hope in their eyes. The last thing you should do after hearing this phrase is to cringe, because your reaction sets the tone inside the business. So, stay positive, do your job, and don’t let this phrase make you cringe.

“The Chaos Doesn’t End; You Kind of Just Become the Calm”

Learn to Say No

Well, yeah it does feel socially accepting to say yes to everyone, but there are times when you already have too much on your plate. With so much already on your plate, and other things to look after, you do have the luxury to turn something down or maybe ask the person coming to you with a query to come back later. Priorities are extremely important while working in an IT infrastructure, and the priorities you set define how well you are able to manage your day. Time management is another metric that has an important role to play in how well you’re able to satisfy your superiors.

“It’s Only by Saying No That You Can Concentrate on the Things that are Important.”

-Steve Jobs

You Have to Deliver

You have to get things done on time and have to deliver the goods while working in an IT infrastructure. Working with technology isn’t as easy as it sounds, and in all actuality, you may have to endure a lot of complications. Meeting deadlines and providing solutions par excellence should be your motive at the end of the day, and you should do all that can be done to achieve that. Many firms working in the IT infrastructure really value the ability of an individual to deliver consistently.

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and out.”

-Robert Collier

Limited Recognition

If you want recognition and constant words of motivation, then the IT infrastructure isn’t where you should be working. Not only do you get taken for granted, but there are numerous implications that arise if you’re not able to follow the standards you have set consistently. Just like no one out there thanks the electricity company for keeping the lights on, not many people will be there to thank you for providing a seamless service and experience. The recognition you get barely justifies the work you are doing and the effort you are putting in. There comes a time when you just feel that you could have done better somewhere else, but then you look around and see everyone reaping the fruits of the hard work you’re putting in and you realize that you’re happy getting satisfied in this way.

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

Prioritize Your Work

Prioritizing your work can really help you out in an IT infrastructure. They say that the squeaky wheel gets all the oil, but that isn’t necessarily the case here. The squeaky wheel shouldn’t take all your attention; as you should look towards achieving what is on your plate before addressing the issue of the squeaky wheel. Try prioritizing things on the basis of their deadline. Your first priority should be to meet deadlines regardless of what comes in between. Only when you are meeting deadlines will you be able to meet the expectations of those superior to you. There is not a lot of recognition to be had, as we mentioned above, but if things go haywire, you will surely get a lot of stick.

“It’s not about having time, it’s about making time.”

You Cannot Make Everyone Happy

Obviously, since you will have to settle for one thing at a time, you might not be able to make everyone happy. In fact, if you aim to make everyone around you happy, then you’re in the wrong field altogether. Have a clear set of goals to what you do and ensure that you follow the obligations that you plan for yourself. There are obviously constrained resources and you cannot make everyone around you satisfied.

You’re not required to set yourself on fire to ensure that other people stay warm.”

Stay Current

The IT infrastructure is completely changing rapidly and there is something new coming out every month of the year. What was the standard around 10 years ago is nowhere to be seen now and newer technologies have come by. You’re required to stay current at all times, and are expected to follow the newest forms of technology out there. Hackers have also played an important role in changing our approach and we need to factor them in too, now.

“It’s not that we use technology; we breathe technology, change technology and live technology.”

Despite the harsh truth regarding the IT infrastructure, people do tend to love what they do within it. There is always no end to the passion you can show at your job, and people who work in the IT infrastructure have set a really high bar when it comes to passion.

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