I have been in the IT industry for about 16 years now and have a pretty broad background.

I started off building custom computers and from there went into tech support for a PC manufacturer.

From there I got my Microsoft certs in Win 95 and NT 3.51 and took on the responsibilities of Network Admin.

I also taught myself Access SQL and HTML.

Next I went to work for an accounting software company as there network admin and application developer. While there I taught myself VB6.

Next I went to a Medical Education company as a SQL and Web developer and Am currently the lead developer there. Over the past 10 years I have also supported some private clients as their Network Admin.

With the exception of the PC assemble, which was about a year, I have averaged 5 years at each company.

I am now looking for the next opportunity but am having difficulty identifying what that would be.

I take pride in my diverse knowledge as most people I encounter are surprised by the wide range of my knowledge and I enjoy all the roles that I have filled.

I fear that I will get bored If I have to commit to being just a developer or just a DBA or just an Admin as each one draws on different parts of my personality, however I realize it makes me less competitive as compared to a strictly hard core Admin/ DBA or Developer when applying for jobs.

Network Admin, I find the most intuitive but also the least rewarding.

Developer I find the most rewarding but also the most challenging.

SQL Developer/DBA is somewhere right in the middle.

I have had people suggest that I get into BI but since report writing is among my least favorite activities I am concerned about that being a good fit for me.

I am happiest designing new tools or automating new processes and would like to find a position where my big picture and design skills are more important than my .NET/Javascript coding skills.

I feel like there must be some position out there that would benefit from the combination of Net Admin, DBA and developer, but I just have no idea what it is.

To further complicate things I am entirely self-taught. I went to college for Marine Biology but only completed about 2 years.

My Certifications are about 8 years old and I finally got an AS in IT from a local community college 5 years ago.

I know I need to get back to finish my BS and I also need to update my certs.

Any suggestions on a next career step would be greatly appreciated.
 


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