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How much stress in Daily Life of Networker?

DingdongbubbleDingdongbubble Member Posts: 105 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hello

Well I havent decided on what career to pursue. I wanted to ask the networkers over here a few questions.

What are the typical tensions and stress levels in the daily life of a typical networker?
A business executive or someone keeps worrying about the market prices and stuff. An engineer has to meet deadlines etc. So similarly how much do networkers worry? Do they have to keep thinking and worrying about whats going on once you are 'off' work?

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    networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Depends on how the network is performing or how your project is coming along. Any job can be stressful. Its not the most stressful job you could have, but it when the network is down you have a lot of people breathing down your neck.

    It really all depends on how you handle stress. Like the saying goes if you can't handle the heat get out the kitchen!
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
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    phantasmphantasm Member Posts: 995
    Do a few years working for Uncle Sam and stress with be a welcome friend. lol.
    "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -Heraclitus
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    DingdongbubbleDingdongbubble Member Posts: 105 ■■□□□□□□□□
    ^I am not really a bright person lol but err what did you mean by that? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    phantasmphantasm Member Posts: 995
    In other words, being in the military taught me everything I needed to know about stress management.

    If you have a problem with stress, then you may want to choose a slower pace field.
    "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -Heraclitus
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    HeroPsychoHeroPsycho Inactive Imported Users Posts: 1,940
    Most of my stress tends to come from end customers and management.

    Customers, and I typically mean the business "decision makers" by that, tend to often times make these decisions on everything but technical merit, and in fact often make decisions in spite of technical merit. This often leaves you feeling frustrated, especially when you do what they tell you, it consequently blows up, and they blame you for it.

    Management can also be an issue. I often find it a fight to get the training I need to successfully complete projects. They'd typically rather not pay you to keep your skill set up. Also, it's common practice to pay good money when you're walking in the door to the job, but horrendously bad raises thereafter.
    Good luck to all!
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    Mrock4Mrock4 Banned Posts: 2,359 ■■■■■■■■□□
    phantasm wrote:
    In other words, being in the military taught me everything I needed to know about stress management.

    If you have a problem with stress, then you may want to choose a slower pace field.

    If only it would teach me anger management..I've got rage issues now..
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,042 Admin
    Mrock4 wrote:
    If only it would teach me anger management..I've got rage issues now..
    Next on Dr. Phil: Rage Management icon_evil.gif
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    DingdongbubbleDingdongbubble Member Posts: 105 ■■□□□□□□□□
    So do you guys worry about 'work' even when you are back at home? Or is networking just a technical so called 'labour' job where you just configure and troubleshoot stuff and normally are confident that it will work?

    How worrysome are the jobs of multi CCIE's? :D
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    networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    If you are looking for a completely stress free job, then IT is probably not for you.

    It can consist of LONG stressful hours when there are issues, but you can also get a lot of down time.

    I try to leave work at work, but when I get home I still think about issues most of the time.

    I'll get back to you in a few years on how stressful the job of a mutli CCIE is icon_wink.gif
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
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    DingdongbubbleDingdongbubble Member Posts: 105 ■■□□□□□□□□
    ok forget about stress. Tell me about the worries. Do you ahve tensions and really tense times where you are worried about whats going to happen in the future. Do you ahve sleepless nights just worrying about whats going to happen?

    Or is it like this:
    You configure/troubleshoot routers
    You are confident that you ahve taken the right measures
    You leave work and get home
    you just think about what steps you would take next at work if the routers fail to do what you wanted them to do.
    after 'thinking' this up, you just enjoy your family life and stuff?
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    royalroyal Member Posts: 3,352 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I really enjoy what I do. I worry about what I do, but not in a sense where I'm stressed. I'm worried that i won't do the best job I can possibly do, so I read and read and read to make sure I know the ins and outs of what exactly I'm doing. Because of that, I do quite a bit of reading in my own time. But I don't mind this since I enjoy it. It also helps me make sure I'm top of my game which of course benefits you in several different ways: recognition among your peers, professional references, raises, etc...
    “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” - Harry F. Banks
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    dtlokeedtlokee Member Posts: 2,378 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I don't worry about anything, just always make sure you have an upated copy of your resume icon_wink.gif

    Stress comes with the job. We support the network that enables a business to function. Without it normal business operation will come to a halt, and that costs the business money and can hurt their reputation with partners, customes, and investors. What we do right or wrong can have a profound impact on the company and in some cases can even put a company out of business (I know a company taht couldn't recover from a 2 week outage and eventually went under).

    Like Royal said, do your job to the best of your abilities, read and understand what you're doing and you shoud be fine. Call in specialists when necessary, for example if you aren't up on all the latest security trends you'll sleep better at night if you call in somone who is even if it costs the company some money to have it done properly. proactive monitioring can help reduce failures and therefore stress.
    The only easy day was yesterday!
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