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5 Important Career Challenges in the Life of a Computer Expert

In This Section, I Have Listed Five Serious Challenges Facing Computer Experts. This Is Not A Scientific List. Rather, These Are Things That I Have Experienced Over The Years Working In The Computer And Information Technology Industries.

1- The challenge of maintaining a balance between working hours and rest

One of the major problems for computer experts is disrupting working hours and rest. Often during the month and year, the boundary between working hours and rest hours is blurred and life is out of balance. Sometimes during working hours (for example, after the delivery of a stage of a project), you find an opportunity to rest and you can even take time off.

Sometimes, on the contrary, you are late at night at the computer and working and not having dinner yet, and when you get home it arrives early the next morning. There are times when even you are embarrassed to rest on Friday or do not dare to take leave.

2- Workplace stress

The workload is high in most computer companies (whether software, hardware, or research). Of course, these days, all people in different jobs suffer from stress and work pressure. But workplace stress is an inherent problem in some occupations, while in others it is caused by disorder and mismanagement. In the IT industry, the problem of work stress is inherent and is rooted in the unprecedented acceleration of industry developments.

The general perception of the computer world is that computers are fast and make things easy. Therefore, many customers of computer companies think that the services of these companies should be delivered with high speed and accuracy.

Therefore, a lot of psychological pressure is put on computer experts to adapt to these expectations. As a result, long working hours and large volumes of mental and software work become a chronic condition, and the mental health of experts is endangered in the long run.

3- Intense competition

One of the reasons for workplace stress is the intense global competition in the field of information technology. This competition, on the one hand, accelerates the developments more and more, and on the other hand, forces computer experts to enter into competition with colleagues and other companies, willingly or unwillingly, to maintain their competitive advantage in the labor market.

One of the negative consequences of this constant competition is the misuse of energy and motivation of some employers of novices who are willing to accept lower wages and lower expectations to excel in this competition. The process of rapidly evolving technology makes the work experience of people regularly challenged, and the knowledge they have worked for years to acquire becomes obsolete and their job position resembles that of novices.

4- The challenge of “countless technical options”

Information technology and the computer industry (as its mother) is a very complex field of engineering. But the instability and constant change of these complexities and the need for relative mastery of the latest techniques and techniques make the job doubly difficult for computer professionals. There are always many technical problems and ambiguities in the daily work of experts, which is due to not mastering the latest software and the latest hardware systems.

The interaction of these complex and new systems creates ambiguous conditions that make a computer expert constantly challenged to choose a solution from multiple options. Options whose technical consequences are unclear. All this causes more stress and strain.

5- Average life expectancy of each job

Dynamics and change in any field are good in themselves. But if the speed of change and knowledge production in an industry is faster than the speed of digestion and learning, there is little opportunity to consolidate what has been learned. On the other hand, the existence of intense competition leaves little room for error. All of this causes the labor market of the computer industry, especially the IT industry, to suffer from permanent instability.

In this way, the length of time a person is employed in a particular job and company (compared to other technical and engineering jobs) is shortened. Job instability has disadvantages.

Among other things, the opportunity to create deeper human connections between co-workers (which increases productivity) in a company becomes short and scarce.