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It’s Time to Ctrl-X the Stress

It’s Time to Ctrl-X the Stress

January 22, 2018 in IT Career Program / by Hannah Gerstner

Let’s face it: it’s hard not to be stressed in today’s work culture. Job security is quickly disappearing, “passion” and “career” no longer go hand-in-hand and employers aren’t paying what workers deserve. You spend hours in the workplace – often more than 40 per week – and don’t have the energy to enjoy life outside of the office. You’re pursuing a dead-end career to make ends meet and you’re exhausted, feeling undervalued and nearing your breaking point.

Don’t you wish you could just CTRL-X? the keyboard command for “cut” – the stress right out of your life?

If you do, you’re not alone: 83% of Americans are stressed due to work-related causes. People are so stressed out that Internet-users coined the term “Sunday Scaries” (you know, the feeling of total dread and anxiety that sets in with the impending return to work the next day). These levels of stress are not healthy, they have some serious detriments to both your mental and physical well-being. Studies show that stress can be just as physically damaging as second-hand smoke. Research also states that stress factors like job insecurity and working long hours actually raise the odds of being diagnosed with illnesses, and can result in an early death rate. Yeah, it’s some pretty scary stuff.

What Should You Do?

At this point, you may have realized something’s got to give. Perhaps you’ve tried yoga to de-stress, took melatonin for a better night’s sleep or worked towards eating a more balanced diet – yet nothing’s working. For many people, this place of frustration and uncertainty is all too familiar. At this point, it may be time to realize that your career is the root of the problem.

Deciding that it’s time for a career change isn’t easy, but understanding that it’s less about a career change and more about a life change is a good start.

First things first: how do you ensure you don’t pick up a new career just to end up back at square one? According to Gail McMeekin, President of Creative Success, the trick is to choose work that compliments your talents and lifestyle while simultaneously reflecting your passion. Careers need to match an individual’s strengths, goals and talents while ensuring job security, competitive salaries and meaningful end results.

Why the Tech Industry Meets That Goal

For starters, the tech industry is growing, and that means job security. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the employment rate for computer and IT occupations is projected to increase 13% from 2016-2026, which is faster than the average for all other occupations. Not only are jobs opening up, but company executives are begging for you to fill them. Robert Half recently published a report that stated 63 percent of chief information officers (CIO’s) find it challenging to find skilled IT professionals today.

A career in IT can complement a wide array of personality types. If you’re an analytical and research-minded person, you might lean towards a career in cyber security. If you’re more creative and design-oriented, a career in app development or coding might be more your speed. Are you a people-person and problem-solver? Check out careers in networking or project management.

It’s hard to find a company that doesn’t use technology in some way or another, so career possibilities (and growth!) are endless. The “IT Industry” doesn’t limit itself to one field or another – IT careers exist everywhere. From developing websites for fashion designers to ensuring data security for banks, you’ll be able to find the right work environment for you.

Now What?

At Centriq Training, we get it. We know what it’s like to be underpaid, uninspired and fed up. We also know how important it is to find a career that’s meaningful and gratifying. That’s why we work so hard to offer a solution: a 4-month career program that prepares you for a fulfilling and financially stable career in information technology (IT).

Before coming to Centriq, Heather Downing was feeling pretty discouraged. She was working in the hospitality and retail industry, and she wasn’t being creatively challenged or engaged with her work. She “needed a job [she] actually enjoyed doing.” After graduating from our Full Stack Web Developer program, she snagged a job as a SharePoint Developer and says she’s proud to share a part of Centriq’s respected reputation.

If you’re ready to take the next step in ditching the stress, visit Centriq’s IT Career Program page. We’ve got an assessment to help you navigate which area of IT matches your skills and personality the best and we have education consultants that are eager to help.