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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How to identify which certifications are beneficial to my career?

I have 4 years of experience in my field. I am thinking about getting a certification, but I don't know what will help me to improve my career opportunities in the near future. How can I determine ...
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How to get into big data with little to no experience [on hold]

My apologies for my earlier post since it did not fit the standards of the board. However, I do appreciate some of the other commenters for suggesting getting into big data. My question now would ...
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Career Advice - Java Developer [closed]

I am a senior java developer with 6.5 years of experience in front-end and back-end programming. I feel now that my career has come to a stand still. I have been working as senior software engineer ...
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Should I say no to a testing job when I really want to do development? [closed]

I am a fresher. I recently got a job in a fortune 500 company. During the interview, they never mentioned that it was for a testing role. It felt like they were recruiting for development. I've ...
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How to move from middle management to upper management in the software industry? [closed]

I have started a career as software engineer and I just got promoted to management. I am deeply enthusiastic about it and I am very determined to move to upper management during the next 10 years. But ...
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Drawbacks in better paid jobs? [closed]

Are there downsides in accepting a very generously paying job (compared to the other offers one may have), and which his known to be highly paying / a good position ? I am not thinking in terms of the ...
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Not aligned with employer's current strategy - need advice [closed]

I am currently a mobile developer. Recently i've noticed a trend in the company i'm working at: the management's enforcement of mobile application development using hybrid technology (the very ...
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How to Succeed when Proposing Change

I work for a small motel that is underperforming and suffering financially; it has a deficit of approximately 16% of the revenue generated. There is only one staff member present at the reception ...
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When is the right time to change my company? [closed]

I am currently working for a company as an engineer, I graduated in 2014 and it has been 6 months and a half since I started working for this company. During this 6 months the only thing that took ...
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Convicted felon looking for a job

I am a software developer who was convicted of a drug distribution felony (Schedule 3, non-recreational pharmaceutical) in the federal system (meaning no possibility of expungement) a few years back. ...
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Career options for current situation [duplicate]

After a few months working in a company as junior developer I was asked to leave. I ended up in test automation position of big company dealing with complex legacy java system using outdated testing ...
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How to use time productively in lunch and breaks [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had any advice or tips on how to use the time productively during lunch and breaks. I'm generally just browsing the web or working on some projects but never manage to get ...
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Finding job leads for senior technical positions; e.g. management/lead

Bottom line: When looking for a “senior-level” job (lower management/senior tech staff), what techniques does one need to use that were not necessary for prior “normal” roles? I’m presently a ...
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How do I come out on top in a re-org?

There have been several rumors going around that my department is about to have a re-org. I'm a strong performer and have been trying to find a way to get a promotion. With the re-org coming up, it ...
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How do I prepare for a job outside of my country?

So I live in Puerto Rico and while I like it here, I decided to start looking for work opportunities in the US. I’m a 26 year old who just earned his BS from computer science and while I have been ...
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How do I handle a solo developer position as a junior developer in a start-up?

I have been working as Junior Web Developer (self-taught) in a start-up company for six months until now. I am currently 19 years old and this is my first employment. I have been programming since ...
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Am I failed in life by choosing PHP development as a career? [closed]

See, I have work experience in PHP of total 2 years. I got recruited thru campus interview by my company. I was in 8 people selected out of 467 students. Then my company assigned me PHP(core OOP php, ...
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How to find the balance between misunderstood specialist and not-so-specialist? [closed]

In my career I found myself in two distinct situations: I was the only expert, and, while I was valued, people underestimated the work it took to get things done, and while I was unique and ...
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How to negotiate salary with a big company? [duplicate]

I am in my mid 20s, working as web developer for one and half year now (junior getting into mid). At the moment I am working in a small agency, been here for 1 year and love the environment (not much ...
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Staying current with new tools when always busy

We all work very hard, but the work we get often has tight deadlines, which never gives us a chance to try new tools (we're in web development). This means we never have time to try new approaches to ...
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Titles given at the workplace [closed]

I have a simple question. I've never worked for a big company, in my experience, I've been working in a little department with 2 or 3 more developers and that's it, we are no juniors, no seniors, ...
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I'm 27 year old, I graduated in 2011 but never worked since, is it too late to start in the web industry? [closed]

I started university without knowing anything about web development and I left with a great passion to learn more. Since then I have kept up to date with the moving industry. I have kept my front end ...
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As a new graduate, how can I make myself a stronger candidate?

As a new grad, I have nothing in my resume that anyone couldn't do and I feel like I will never go beyond average. My job and even money are just means to allow for a good life and I will never take ...
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How should I refer to static or client-side websites on a résumé?

In my current job, I've built a number of static, mobile-first, single-page websites. Generally, these sites embed event live streams from YouTube and highlight social media. These sites don't ...
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Changing work shift from 9-5 to 7:30 - 4, will I be looked at as a slacker? [duplicate]

I've been thinking of changing my shift times from 9am-5pm to 7:30am (or 8) to 4pm, to allow time to do yoga/therapy after work multiple days a week. My question is, will I be looked at as a slacker? ...
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Junior developer with a chance at managerial role [closed]

I've been working as the sole back end developer at a small startup for 2 years, and this has been the entirety of my software career. The front end work was all done by a similarly inexperienced part ...
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Can I request an unusually high pay raise when factors coincide like this? [closed]

I joined my current employer almost two years ago. They usually offer pay raises once a year. After my first year I was offered a very moderate pay raise of 5% while being offered a leading role in ...
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How do I get into the programming field? [closed]

Im not sure if this is the place to ask such a question but allow me a moment to provide some background. I am currently a maintenance technician where i routinely solve various electrical and ...
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What are the requirements to become a project leader or a CIO?

I recently graduated from my computer science masters and trying to understand the industry. I'm still looking for jobs. I came across two positions (project leader and CIO) for software engineers ...
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Several trials to find my vocation -> seen as job hopper? [duplicate]

I'm a 24 years old software developer and finally found my vocation. But the way finding this vocation was curvy and I've done a bunch of different jobs. After school, I started a apprenticeship in ...
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How to identify career

I've been a software engineer with an advanced degree and more than 10 yrs of experience across some fairly big names in the industry. However, I dont always feel good about what I am doing. I feel I ...
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Advancing to Senior positions [closed]

I've been working as a Software Engineer for 8 years. I have not specialized on any language or technology, as I've been unlucky with my assigned projects and almost all of them used different ...
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Complications for a first year employee [closed]

I am currently about 10 months into my job. After few initial months of bootstrapping, our team was assigned to a project. I excelled and there was always pressure from the manager to keep finishing ...
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Non-specific career goals

I am currently seeking a position. I just graduated with a BA in communications and I have 3-5 years of professional work history. I am conflicted when potential employers ask me "what are you looking ...
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Why do salaries of software engineers reach a peak beyond which they no longer increase with experience in Germany?

I'm a recent computer science (CS) master graduate living in Germany. Now I'm starting to think about my long-term career path and looking for jobs in Germany. I'm proficient in Java and data mining ...
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Topics to work with a mentor

I have been wanting to have a career mentor for couple years. This year our (software) company is starting a mentoring program. I have two topics that I think I need help in developing my career, and ...
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Should I start a blog to help build my online “resume”? [duplicate]

There seems to be a general consensus that putting blog links or public profiles like LinkedIn or StackOverflow on your resume is considered a good thing to do if the contents of your blog or profile ...
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How to describe current job on CV

I took my current job because it gave me an excellent opportunity to work in another country. The job has been successful for lifestyle and personal growth reasons, but I am worried that it hasn't ...
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How to move from technical to executive role? [closed]

Consider generic programmer Bob. He starts out with a CS degree from a good university, works as a programmer for a few years, moves up to team lead, and decides he wants to get more involved in the ...
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Am I taking a risk or responsibility? [closed]

I am an associate developer in a team of 2 developers. We have been working on a very important government project lately. My only co-worker (very experienced and much my senior) has informed me he ...
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How to prepare for an interview for a different position than I applied for?

A few weeks ago I applied for a junior position. Everything went great, from the group interview to the personal interview with the manager. Yesterday they contacted me and told me that they are ...
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Should I let my manager know I'm considering another offer?

I currently have a full time job that is going well, but beginning to stagnate. I received an offer for another job that I'm very interested in, but still unsure if it's the right time to move on. Is ...
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What do I tell my new manager about my old manager?

Recently there was a restructuring at work and everyone who works in my building - including my old manager - now works in a different division, except me. I now have a temporary manager, awaiting a ...
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Should I list an old programming job on my resume?

I have had a messy career so far as a web developer. This is mostly because I have not focused on any particular technology in depth. I realize now what a big mistake that is. I graduated college in ...
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What career paths are available to a developer who's not interested in management, leadership, or teaching? [duplicate]

I'm a developer who is gainfully employed. However, I've been having many discussions over the past 6 months, initiated by my superiors, about my career path and moving up. I've made it abundantly ...
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Master degree in IT with the thesis or with the final project. Does it matter? [closed]

Part of the master degrees in IT (CS, SE, IS) offers two kind of programs: With the thesis work; Without the thesis work but with the final project. My question, how does it matter to get the ...
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Ignoring my management and previous companies experience skills

I am an experienced Director of Database Applications who previously has successfully supervised a team of DBAs and has made a few successful database conversions to/from: MySQl, PostgreSQL, MS SQL. ...
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Do UK graduate employers take into account which university you got your degree from, or just the grade you achieved?

The question excludes the top 10 UK universities. I am currently an undergraduate studying Software Engineering at Westminster University (ranked 90/120 in the UK) and have been offered the chance ...
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How to deal with company that doesn't set expectations or tasks for me?

Several years ago I began working at a start-up software company as a post-graduate. I initially signed on as the web developer, but over the years my responsibilities grew and grew and now I'm ...
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Can a team lead force an employee to change careers? [closed]

A colleague of mine held a position which was in her career path. But the higher-ups deemed that the position had "no visibility" (i.e. no visible positive effect) to the team. So they slowly ...