Questions relating to advancing one's career; this could include questions about promotions and training or looking for a job outside of the current company

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Concerns about working as a software developer in a small non-software company (developing in-house process automation software)

I'm currently a student (soon have my MSc in Computer Science) in Germany. In parallel I work in a small company which does NOT sell software products. But they decided to improve their internal ...
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Big company or small company for career growth?

I did some research in this site to find something similar to my "problem" and I found relevant just this. My current situation is quite similar. I'm working in a small company ( 7 coworkers ) as ...
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How to effectively reject a new project assignment?

My boss recently asked me to prepare for an interview that will be on a new custom software framework developed by a client. If I pass the interview, I will be deployed at the client's location. I ...
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How to explain the experience I have gained in three years is greater than the time implies

My question relates to the link below. I actually printed out one of the replies on that thread for rereading later on. For the most part it provided me some comfort in my current situation, but I ...
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Working as Web-Developer with CS Bachelor - Overqualified and underpaid? [on hold]

I heard often before that Web-Developers (Backend with PHP) are often underpaid and with a CS Bachelor you may be a little overqualified for a normal PHP-Backend-job. Some people called a CS ...
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Improving professional network (Events)

I got invited to a Lunch and Seminar event from a Internationally well-known IT company. I checked the schedule of the event and saw a time for "Lunch and Networking". I think this will be the one ...
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Should I attend a job fair even if I'm not currently looking for a new job?

I was recently sent an invitation to a local job fair. I am always interested to find out what companies are out there and what they are doing, so I am tempted to sign up for it. My thought is that it ...
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How a fresher can get an entry level Software Engineer job in India after completing BE/BTech (Computer Science) if he/she was not placed in college? [on hold]

This is a common problem faced by most of the Indian BE/BTech Computer Science and Engineering students when their college is not providing any genuine placement to them and they leave the college ...
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Is it good to change my career path from e commerce developer to big data professional? [closed]

I have right now has around 3 years of IBM WCS(websphere commerce server) experience including technologies like J2EE. As this product now is downfacing and no new projects are starting ,i am thinking ...
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Job jumping has happened, how do I save face? [duplicate]

My work history is starting to look a bit jumpy. My longest employment is less than a year and a half. I feel like I have good reason for leaving each of these jobs (see below), however it's not that ...
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How do I make a career out of IT? I'm a little lost [duplicate]

Quick background: 23 y/o, turn 24 in October B.S. in IT ~1 year of experience in small computer repair shop ~1 year of experience at school district as a computer tech ~1 year+(present job) at a ...
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Actual work is different than expected - decision to be made

TLDR: Job turned out different than expected. How long should i wait to make a decision about staying or leaving? So i recently graduated university with a M. Sc. (graded 1.3, 1.0 being the best) and ...
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My manager thinks showing up early doesn't show as much enthusiasm as staying late

TL;DR: My manager says I don't "show a sense of urgency" like the rest of the team because I am laid-back and typically leave right at 5. But I come in early and work through lunch and definitely ...
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How do I handle my last name changing after marriage?

Though I'm not currently getting married, I've always wondered how I should handle my last name within the workplace when I do. In the workplace, your name is directly attached to your work. When ...
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How to become more employable as a manager? [closed]

There are many articles and resources on how individual contributors can stay employable in an increasingly unstable and rapidly-changing job scene: by learning more hard skills, taking courses, being ...
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What risks should I consider when offered a daily based job offer in foreign country (Japan)

I am currently being contacted on LinkedIn for a potential job in Japan, but the contractor told me they would pay me on daily basis. I am not sure that accepting a position like this in a foreign ...
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Requesting a change of project as an intern

As part of my computer science degree I need to spend 5 months in a job placement as an intern. I've been here for about 3 months now and I've become really unhappy with what I'm doing here. I've ...
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What ares of business should one gain experience in to have more chances for advancement into CEO roles? [closed]

(I don't know why but for some reason my other question was "downvoted". I guess I need to re-phrase it for it to be more on-topic... please help me do so if it isn't!) As you can guess from my ...
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How to get better at work if my managers say my problem is that I have no “common sense”?

I am a management assistant and my manager keeps telling me I need to do this and I need to do that; I do exactly as he says, but then it's still not what he wants. And he says I have to use common ...
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Feeling like I am in the wrong job [closed]

I'm still a University student, but I've had the luck to already get a job in one of the biggest companies in the world. At first I was fine and happy about the opportunity I received, but later I ...
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Getting interviews and passing them that require coding and scripting skills

How do people who have knowledge of coding and scripting languages, but no work experience with them get jobs that seek those skills? I do have a computer science degree, but that was last decade. ...
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What's the best way to learn about the company and how it works, as an employee?

Over the last few years I've worked in a number of companies as a software developer, with industries ranging from manufacturing to banking and finance. Unfortunately, it seems that I haven't ...
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Is there a way to explain on resume that the scope/role of the employee constantly changed to make leaps in performance?

I am asking because I would like to describe this as an achievement on my resume. I will use an analogy to simplify my story: I have a team of graphic designers and we get more and more requests but ...
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Career advice - wanting a mentor

I'm a designer with about 1.5 years experience doing solid commercial work. I work hard and can present and prototype my own work. I'm in a fast growing design team - 6 at last count. The guy heading ...
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What is the next step on the growth path of a first line manager, and how to reach it? [closed]

Sorry if anything like this has been asked before but it perfectly represents my internal situation: I am afraid that my team, whom I managed and developed from scratch, don't need me anymore. They ...
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Should I include membership on the board of a non profit company unrelated to my profession on my resume?

I'm a graphic designer & web developer, just out of high school, and was hired to work on a site for a local historical preservation group after graduation. Now, the group has presented me an ...
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How to become expert if I don't have opportunity to learn from more experienced peers?

The first company I worked for was small and provided no initial training of any kind. I did a lot of googling and customized the solutions I found in Google for the problems I had to resolve. This ...
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How to gain greater management skills and experience when my employer fills the ranks with more experienced managers?

My company is growing - fast - and has more funding than ever before. We can afford to attract talent from top brand world famous companies to head departments that were previously run by college ...
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Salary offer with current company, but other place wants to do second interview?

Right now I am working part-time, but last Friday my boss offered a salaried position. However, I started interviewing with another company last Thursday because I do not enjoy my current job and ...
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If I did a good job delegating all my work to a team I built, and there is no work left, am I redundant?

I have been commended for doing a good job building a team and I currently have absolutely zero hands-on work. I also believe the team is doing very well on their own and need minimal supervision. Or ...
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Career consequences for becoming a whistleblower?

I have worked at my current company for about five years now and work has been getting worse. Especially, it is known that the higher ups are doing some unethical business activities and general ...
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When should I openly give credit to my reports, when to the team as a whole, and when to myself?

In many books about management and leadership, I've read that it is a good practice to give credit to others (the individuals) when someone in the team - or the whole team - does well, but take ...
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To what extent can career progression be damaged by not having formal education? [closed]

If I have strong experiences and major achievements (even some that are recognized as remarkable across the industry), would missing formal educational qualifications still limit my opportunities to ...
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156 views

What's the difference between a management consultant and a technical consultant? [closed]

If you happen to work at typical management consulting firms (McKinsey, Bain, BCG) or firms like Accenture or the Big 4 (Deloitte, Kpmg, Pwc, EY) that do both management and technical consultancy, how ...
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Impact of not having social network account during a job change. [closed]

I am a 22 year old software developer and I do not have a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account and I have never felt the need of having one, but with the advancement of people wanting to know you by ...
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Should you mention security exploits that you've discovered on a resume?

I'm sure I'm not the only soon-to-be graduate who is pondering on this question. Would it be a good idea to put exploits that I have found on a web application, programs, etc on my resume? Would it ...
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What are the pros & cons of changing companies to keep one’s upward career growth?

If you notice a trend where others (including new hires) are directly placed or promoted above your position—for whatever reason—is the option of leaving the company the only way to find a higher role ...
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What are some tips for getting started in the programming/software development field [closed]

I recently obtained my Associates degree from my community college, and I am transferring to a four year institution in the Fall to get my Bachelors in Applied IT. The university I am transferring to ...
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Why do you want to close your business and work for us?

For the last 10 years I was a very active entrepreneur, as a founder or taking part in other start ups. Even though I got some money and clients, I decided to move on and find a job at another ...
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How to develop recognizable programming skills? [closed]

As a recent graduate in Physics&Mathematics. A lot of jobs require programming skills. Mostly require C++. Is there some way to prove that I have the required programming skills without doing an ...
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How can I retrain from the IT field to art/creative industry? [closed]

I have been working as a Front-end Developer for 7 years. Before that I was a Web Designer. But my dream is to work in the art/creative field, like filmmaker, music producer, etc. Problem is: I can ...
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“Promoted” to Fail - What Should I Do?

I worked for three years as a business unit's marketing manager, gaining a great reputation, solid annual reviews, becoming a certified high-potential, and carrying a promising career development plan ...
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Can I make my employers aware of a better-paid job without making my current job less secure?

I'm a programmer with a job working in mobile apps and web design. I have a secure job with reasonable pay and nice coworkers; I enjoy the mobile work and I tolerate the web design part. I've just ...
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How to not look/feel awkward with senior managers in a company sponsored “off-site”?

I am new to management and have started settling in. However, I still feel a little awkward in the company of only seniors, specially in office sponsored parties or events. I am invited to a ...
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How to learn multiple technologies? [closed]

I am currently working as a Manager for a team of Storage Administrators. I was myself a Storage Administrator earlier. In order to move up the ladder (my current organization does not have any ...
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Continuous Learning when you have a family [closed]

I am trying to practice continuous learning at home so that I can keep up with newer technologies as a software engineer. For me continuous learning involves tinkering with code, reading ...
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How should I confront my boss for not being open with me about my performance and development? [duplicate]

I am a new manager (junior/assistant head of department), promoted one year ago, and I have always had five star performance ratings as well as been recently named best employee of the company. On the ...
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How to improve one's chances for career advancement within a family business? [closed]

I work at a large family-owned business which has deep historical roots and traditions. I enjoy the work and the environment, but there is a very common (and I guess obvious) issue in here: Somehow, ...
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Why do many job changes seem to occur in February?

I've noticed something weird over the last two years, mostly because I've been paying more attention to my colleagues' movements on LinkedIn. Many seem to take on a new job in the month of February, ...
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How to assess which career move is most helpful when one is riddled with personal problems? [closed]

I have an intermediate-to-high role of responsibility within my company and have enjoyed most of my career path so far. However, it is not at all financially sufficient - that's a major source of my ...