I am a senior systems programmer and database administrator for a large firm in Munich, Germany.
After hearing this, many people slap my shoulders and congratulate me.
In fact this job was the biggest mistake I probably made in my life, for two reasons.
First, I am not at all a tekkie. I was originally working in the law&order sector, but wanted to get out of it, and changing into the IT business was the first interesting (looking) offer that came up, so I grabbed it. I should have considered more if the job suits my talents, but tell that to a 27 year old who just wants to get rid of his old job quickly.
The main problem is, the job is utterly utterly boring. I work mostly in customer support, the customers being colleagues in the same firm whose IT equipment/software is not working properly. The problems are mostly every day the same year in and year out. There is no intellectual challenge in here, I always say that my job can be done by a domesticized monkey: see a green light, press the green button.
Believe it or not, you can put an employee under pressure by work overload, or by constantly employing him/her under his/her abilities. I feel that my (little) talents are completely wasted.
On the positive side I can say that my job is relatively safe, it is well paid for what I do(!) and I have some time to look at things that are important to me. I have a nice office in the center of the city and a nice female colleague to share it with. My supervisor hates me, but I have learned to let his attacks go into the void, and he will retire in a few years.
I have learned to make a precise difference between me and my job. I am myself, and my job is something that I just do for a living. I try not to put my heart and soul in it, because then I would be hurt by the boredom. This makes me a strange figure in a country where work, career and money are pursued by many with the highest emotional effort.
Change is not an option, because in a job market with 10% unemployment firms are not looking for people going towards 50. And I would not look for an IT job again, I would fancy a total change of profession.
So here I am, with 22 years of boredom ahead of me. Who said that computers are fun?