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Law, Business degree, IT course (Cobol). I worked as a Cobol junior mainframe developer for 2 years.
Thereafter I worked as a project manager/Operations specialist / frontline customer interface (no training or knowledge) for 3 years.
Due to severe burnout I was unable to work for 5 years.
I now have my first job after 5 years with a small software company with big corporate clients – am in my 6th month with the company.
My frustration is my lack of knowledge of these languages and I’m building applications using these languages.
I’m learning by going through other applications written in the company.
The company is making use of their own in-house written framework/applications so that when I read up on the .Net framework for example I cannot transfer that knowledge into my work environment as it is not similar.
I also work long hours which makes it very difficult to study.
I am 42 and realise that IT programming is probably not the best career choice I’ve made.
I’ve done the Meyers-Briggs test and I’m an ENFP.
This type of personality doesn’t appear to flourish doing detail work.
I don’t enjoy development/coding/programing and I’ve realised I don’t like detail work, I don’t enjoy struggling with code the whole day and figuring out how to get my program to work.
When I do get it to work I don’t feel that the code is clear and simple.
I would describe my code as tortuous in order to get to a result and my code is not robust.
What would you suggest I do in my current situation?
What skills that I currently have and am learning will be a huge plus in order to move to something else in IT?
If I know that it will be useful in my new career to have .Net, C#, etc experience then I will be hugely motivated and willing to put the effort in to learn it.
I do enjoy SQL and the web development side more. It is not that complicated and coding focussed.
I am picking up SQL experience but not really web development experience.
The Myers-Briggs Personality Profile is an extensive test that groups its findings into 16 different personality combinations.
It is based on the psychological philosophies of C. G. Jung that suggests there is order and consistency to the way people behave based upon how they perceive and judge.
Each personality type includes a combination of four letters based on four separate categories:
Interpretation of Information
Each of the four categories decide which personality best fits yours through a series of questions.
There are miniature versions of this test that can give you a brief idea of what your personality profile may be.
But, the entire Myers-Briggs Profile test is detailed, asking many questions to form a conclusion as to what categories
represent your personality.
The profile breaks personality down into four categories consisting of a choice of two letters each:
How do you prefer to focus on the world around you?
This particular category does not necessarily imply that you are shy or overly gregarious.
It is only an
indication of how you view your world.
Do you prefer to be alone to think things through or do you have to bounce ideas off of others?
I – Introvert
The next groupings of letters indicate how you interpret information.
Do you tend to add meaning to information you obtain, or do you focus mainly on just the basic information?
N – Intuitive
S – Sensing
The next set of letter abbreviations refer to making decisions.
Do you look at logic when you make decisions, or do you first look at people with the special circumstances and feelings?
T – Thinking
F – Feeling
The final set of letters is how you handle structure in regard to how you deal with the outside world.
Do you prefer decided situations or do you prefer to keep your options open?
J – Judging
P – Perceptive
(E) Extrovert - (N) Intuition - (F) Feeling – (P) Perceptive – An ENFP personality would imply that you are an Extrovert (E), Intuitive (N), Feeling (F) and Perceptive (P) personality type.
generally means that you are most comfortable with others around you.
You interpret information through intuition. You make decisions largely based on people and special circumstances (feelings). And, you prefer to keep your options open.
An ENFP\'s skills cover a broad spectrum. If something interests them, they are probably good at it.
They are project-oriented. ENFP personality types love life and want to make the most out of it as a gift.
They are driven by a strong sense of values in
everything they do.
An ENFP focuses externally taking things in through intuition. Your underlying mode, however, is internal as you handle things based upon how you feel about them or how they fit into your personal system of value.
This personality type tends to
be enthusiastic people who can become very passionate and filled with excitement.
They are warm, bright and full of potential. They tend to be incredibly good with people, bringing out the best in others.
They also seem to understand others intuitively shortly
after meeting them.
The world of an ENFP is filled with possibilities. They are inspirational because their enthusiasm tends to inspire those around them.
Communication skills are natural to them as they are able to talk their way out of just about any situation.