I spent about 10 years as a professional "IT Guy". In that time, it started out as something I loved, but as time wore on and I got to see the corporate world for what it was - I burned out. After my last layoff in March of 2009, I found that between a lack of work for an IT guy, lack of desire to do IT work, and frustration with the direction the industry was heading in - I decided to leave. I managed to get my foot in the door at a local auto repair shop - learned the trade, got a grant to go to school to learn the trade in more depth, and build a new career.
Right now, I'm a year into my new career as a mechanic. I'm presently a technician at a BMW dealership, and I have never been happier. The work is satisfying, the people are great, and I am doing what I love. The fact that the cars I work on are awesome doesn't hurt. Are they perfect - by no means, but if they were - I wouldn't have any work to do.
See, when I was a little boy - I loved cars, like most boys do. I used to tinker with my bicycles, and wanted to be a mechanic when I grew up. Well, my dad has been in the IT field since the early 1970's. Both my older brother and older sister went into the IT field, so it was only natural that I did. I was told that there was money in computers - not fixing cars, and well - that was sort of true back in 1999-2000, as time progressed - everyone got in the business and money became more and more scarce. I didn't want to program, had no desire to do PC stuff or UNIX stuff, so I got into macs. It was my specialty, my thing. Well, finding mac work was sporadic so I took the odd windows or unix related job here and there - and well I had a lack of passion for a fair amount of it.
Now, I'm a year out from doing computer work, fixing cars - and now I enjoy my work as well as tinkering with my computer. The money right now is not great, but it will eventually get better. Truthfully, there's more to life than money.