in reply to Changing Jobs

I am on my fourth Job in IT in 8 years. I started at the bottom when was 30. I spent a few months as a network technician. My second job was network tech / computer operator. I quickly moved up to Unix Admin - a bit more quickly that I would have liked. Being thrown into the fire is not always a good way to learn, but I did well. I stayed for five years. Third job was another UNIX admin position. This job I took for money, I doubled my salary. A good company, my wife and I moved to the area for me to take the position, and when my wife and I had twins and NO family around, we made the decision to move closer to family. So I took a job as a systems engineer, and thats where I am now. Its just a job. I do need to add though that Perl has put me at an advantage with every move forward. I may not be very good, but good enough to stand out at each position.

I don't think the transitions have either been useful or harmful to me. Transitions have generally been pretty smooth, I have always been able to work on many different technologies and pick up new ones quickly when needed. I would have to say that my second job was my favorite. The moral of the lesson there was NEVER take a job for money.

"That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved."
  --Ralph Waldo Emerson