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I am happy to see that my countrymen succeed in theri careers. However, we cannot always repeat those successful stories. Some people succeed because they are lucky, some because they have paid very high prices, some because they are really genius and talented. But I understand we had better not tell people from their professions.
Indeed, programmers are just like worker bees. They get a pay by consuming their youth. As a programmer, I don't think I am superior to my non-programmer friends, though my salary is much higer theirs. To keep my job, I need to learn new technologies constantly. On the other hand, some of my friends have a much easier life than I do, and they are really enjoying the life though their salary is relatively low.
Indeed, network security expert is a very good profession---high pay and high technology. As far as I can imagine, there is a long way for a generic person to become a network security expert . If we believe opportunites, we had better play on programming, database, system administration, .... Of course, some friends are already true security experts. If you are a layman in networking, I sugget you not try to become a security expert---Rome is not built in one day.
IT shiny days have gone and probably never come back. No matter what job we are doing and we want to do, it is not easy. Take myself as an example: If I lose my job now, I don't know how much time I need to hunt for a new job. All of my team members are working overtime voluntarily because they want to secure their jobs. One of the contractors in my team did the thing in another way: She always delayed her work and maybe she thought it a way to secure her job. But she did not know we have already hired another person. Once the latter comes in, we are going to let her go.
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