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Old 01-29-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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Nothing is worse than going to a party, family gathering or just visiting a friend and having to work on a computer, printer, tablet or portable gaming system.

I'm here to have a good time like everyone else idiots. I didn't come here to work! I don't understand why when someone finds out you work in IT they wet their pants and come up with something for me to work on.

This situation never fails! I told a couple of my friends to not mention my profession to anyone anymore.

Does this happen to any of you?
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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No, because I don't work in IT...but something similar happens...when I tell folks I'm a writer I hear, "Oh you should write a book about me--I've had such an interesting life.." or "My niece is writing a book, can she send the manuscript to you so you can give her some advice" or "Have they made a movie from your book?" (no, alas) or "Have I read your work?" (how should I know?)

Sometimes I just say I work in sanitation and no one asks me to write about them or to come by to pick up their garbage...
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Nothing is worse than going to a party, family gathering or just visiting a friend and having to work on a computer, printer, tablet or portable gaming system.

I'm here to have a good time like everyone else idiots. I didn't come here to work! I don't understand why when someone finds out you work in IT they wet their pants and come up with something for me to work on.

This situation never fails! I told a couple of my friends to not mention my profession to anyone anymore.

Does this happen to any of you?
If I work on a friend's system, it's because I want to. If I don't want to, I don't.

No, it doesn't happen to me that often, but that's possibly because many of my friends are also tech people, and my family is technically aware for the most part (one brother works in IT, the other two know their way around their PCs well enough to get by without help, and my youngest brother is the one who helps out my Mom because he lives over 1,000 miles closer to her than I do ).
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:49 PM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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you have to learn to be an a-hole.


it sucks, but you can't give away the services that feed you and/or your family. carry business cards, and when someone asks, politely show them the number they can call during normal business hours.

i caught myself almost doing the same thing at a neighborhood birthday party awhile back; met one of my neighbors that owns an IT company; my first reaction was to ask him about a problem i was having, but luckily i caught it before the question left my mouth. lol.

when people ask though you can always be vague and say you're in "management" or "import/export".
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:34 AM
 
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When it comes to family and close friends I'll help them with their systems when they have problems.

They in turn help me if I ask them for assistance.

What's the BFD?
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:48 AM
 
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Nothing is worse than going to a party, family gathering or just visiting a friend and having to work on a computer, printer, tablet or portable gaming system.

I'm here to have a good time like everyone else idiots. I didn't come here to work! I don't understand why when someone finds out you work in IT they wet their pants and come up with something for me to work on.

This situation never fails! I told a couple of my friends to not mention my profession to anyone anymore.

Does this happen to any of you?
I don't work in IT but I hear it's a good field. I wouldn't hide it, but just tell people that now is not a good time but you'll be happy to do it another time (if that suits you). If not just tell them you charge by the hour and what that hourly rate is. Most people will probably back off at that point and if not, maybe you'll get something from doing that.

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No, because I don't work in IT...but something similar happens...when I tell folks I'm a writer I hear, "Oh you should write a book about me--I've had such an interesting life.." or "My niece is writing a book, can she send the manuscript to you so you can give her some advice" or "Have they made a movie from your book?" (no, alas) or "Have I read your work?" (how should I know?)

Sometimes I just say I work in sanitation and no one asks me to write about them or to come by to pick up their garbage...
Wow, I haven't gotten that far in my life. I don't tell most people that I write since I'm not published or anything. The few that know I write ask constantly if I'm getting published yet.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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IT is such a vast field that you can play it off pretty easily. Tell them that you're an SAP Software Engineer or Cisco Engineer and not a helpdesk peasant (or network technician) that fixes computers. You can say that you're not familiar with fixing Windows or Mac systems because that's not what you do at work. Unless they have knowledge of IT, they won't know what to say next.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:00 AM
 
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you have to learn to be an a-hole.


it sucks, but you can't give away the services that feed you and/or your family. carry business cards, and when someone asks, politely show them the number they can call during normal business hours.

i caught myself almost doing the same thing at a neighborhood birthday party awhile back; met one of my neighbors that owns an IT company; my first reaction was to ask him about a problem i was having, but luckily i caught it before the question left my mouth. lol.

when people ask though you can always be vague and say you're in "management" or "import/export".
Usually, I'm nice about it and never charge these people. I really do need to start charging. I think a lot of people know they can take advantage of me when they learn my personality.

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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IT is such a vast field that you can play it off pretty easily. Tell them that you're an SAP Software Engineer or Cisco Engineer and not a helpdesk peasant (or network technician) that fixes computers. You can say that you're not familiar with fixing Windows or Mac systems because that's not what you do at work. Unless they have knowledge of IT, they won't know what to say next.
It's actually true. I work on backbone IP networks, and I'm trained and qualified to do so and have the experience. I'm probably not much more qualified than anybody else on Windows stuff, which is 95% of the time their issue. I give them the old 'IT salute' (shrug with palms up signifying that I'm mystified) when they ask their questions.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:15 AM
 
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It's actually true. I work on backbone IP networks, and I'm trained and qualified to do so and have the experience. I'm probably not much more qualified than anybody else on Windows stuff, which is 95% of the time their issue. I give them the old 'IT salute' (shrug with palms up signifying that I'm mystified) when they ask their questions.
The thing is, most of these people are smart enough to google their problem and fix it themselves. But no, they're too lazy to do that.
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