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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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”?

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 ...
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Professional Growth in a Startup courting VC's

About 3 years ago I joined a young startup, one of first hires. I was brought in as the VP of Software (where I was the first/only software guy), and the company has really taken off (I was employee ...
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How to ask for mentorship from a senior?

I've been working at a bigger tech firm for about 7 months now, and I am the most junior person on my team at 26 and only programming full-time for a year. My colleagues are all in their 40s and 50s ...
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Long meetings (6-7 hours a day): Being “babysat” by supervisor [closed]

I hold a PhD in mechanical engineering with a 7 year background in self-guided, self-paced research including 2 years as a graduate level course instructor and a subject matter expert for various ...
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How do I be more visible at work? [duplicate]

The firm I joined initially got acquired by a bigger firm couple of months back. After the acquisition, the work quality has decreased severely. I work as a tool developer for a semiconductor company, ...
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IC role at a smaller company

I work for a Fortune 500 company and recently wanted a change. I interviewed with this company that is doing some good work and got an offer. The pay/benefits and the work they do is good (in fact ...
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Want to do more at work, how to approach it? [duplicate]

I am 25 and I have freshly started to work in a risk management department of a bank in December 2014. In the beginning it was very stressful, because I worked in an IT project(I studied computer ...
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Career switch to programming [closed]

I am working on Digital Marketing platform for 2.5 years, aged 25 and willing to jump into software development(specifically Android and has some hands on experience in Android development.) My ...
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What might be the best way to list my educational qualification for a “Tell me about yourself” interview question

I know there are lot of posts for "Tell me about yourself" question, but I'm looking for the best way to list all of my educational qualifications. Do you prefer chronological or the ...
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How can one use self assessments, in the context of annual performance appraisals, to advance ones career?

Virtually every company has some sort of annual performance rating system, which governs raises and promotions. I have been with a few large multi-nationals and seen on numerous occasions individuals ...
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Would a short term job in different industry permanently harm my web dev career?

Let me start with a little bit of background to make you understand the problem better: I am currently working as a freelance web designer. It is going okay right now but I would prefer working full ...
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Game programming career [closed]

I worked last year into 3d games and participated into two titles sports simulation, did some stuff like sounds, skid marks,..etc. I'm into the way of getting fired soon, tasks getting hard and I ...
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Should I approach a senior team member for advice? [closed]

tl;dr since this one might be too long. Don't enjoy my current role in the job and I'm wondering if I should approach a senior team member for advice. Hi everyone, I started working last June in a ...
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Track to professional programmer [closed]

My interest in programming started in highschool or (Gymnasium) as we say in Sweden, and I did lots of projects, which I don't have today. Then I started university completed about 6 courses in ...
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Software Developer - change core skills to match current employer, or change employer to match core skills? [closed]

Should an OOP developer only seek companies in tune with their desired direction and abilities?
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How to ask senior/mid level developers for guidance (if you're a junior)?

I want to ask a twist to the popular question that was posted yesterday about the junior developer who refuses help. Just some background...I recently graduated and have been working with my company ...
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Negotiating a huge change in responsibility - new start up

a company I was previously contracting for is interested in hiring me on a larger scale as the head of a new tech company they're considering to start. They have a viable business concept of which I ...
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Insight Into Applying for Jobs and Portfolios/Projects [closed]

I'm in the process of job hunting for something entry level programmer/IT related and I haven't had any luck for a few months now. I had one offer presented via LinkedIn because my skill set happened ...
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What is the likely professional impact of requesting an internal transfer because of a bad manager?

I work for a company in north Africa that is owned by a bigger company in UK. Reporting hierarchy: Me-->my local manager-->development manager in UK-->IT manager in UK. I'm preparing to request to be ...
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Why is Professional Services considered a career progression from Technical Support?

I have always looked at all of the technical positions in IT as pretty much equivalent from an image and recruiting standpoint, so to say. All of them are important in their own way and have a ...
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How can I search for recruiters that will work with Entry Level developers? [closed]

I'm an entry level C#/Java+Android developer and I cannot find a technical recruiting agency that will take on somebody at my level to match them with one of their clients. I have no idea how to find ...
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How to fill in for an absentee manager?

I recently joined a biggish company in a not well-defined role of coordinator/coach, but not actual manager, of a small business unit. My boss, i.e. my business unit's actual manager, is time-starved ...
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Should I feel morally obliged to stay at a job where I'm an appreciated key player? [closed]

I've been working for three months at a somewhat early stage startup as a remote employee. Generally things are going well, the company is glad to have me on board and they just gave me a great ...
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Resigning from temporary position for lack of professional development

Given the nature of my job I am not sure whether workplace.SE is a better option of if academia.SE is where I should post this question. I am currently a postdoctoral associate at a lab in France. I ...
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How do I professionally respond to questions like “how do I get a well paying job?” or “how can I create a social network?” [closed]

As a young director at an IT company which develops apps (people consider me well paid and good in app development), students and recent grads around my age (I'm still in my early 20's so I meet a lot ...
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Advice on handling networking opportunity professionally

Some background: A year ago, I got laid off from a non-programming type of job. They were putting me through graduate school for Computer Engineering, and got my MS. I programmed a fair amount in ...
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I'm a slow learner, how can I speed up? [closed]

A bit of background: I'm in the software industry. 90% of the stuff I'm working on is/was completely new when I started in August 2014. I need to make the same mistake two or three times before I ...
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How do you manage promotion when using Scrum?

I'm cursed with the blessing of a highly performing Scrum team. One of the benefits of this team is that they function as a very cohesive unit. Each team member is bringing their own particular ...
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What is the precise definition of working independently?

I am software developer. I have heard a lot of managers say that one of the virtues they seek in a good engineer is "Independent execution of tasks". Assuming that there is a mature definition of this ...
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Is it really practically possible to do software assignments without taking anybody's help? [closed]

I am working as a software developer, and have been assigned a task of improving a current feature. The lead asks me to understand the feature without taking any external help. The feature is ...
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Can I put Technology experience on my own/home if asked about skillset? [duplicate]

I am a Web developer with 1.6 years of experience. I worked on low level technologies which may pay me very less in future like Wordpress. Also I worked on middle skill technologies like PHP OOP 5.6 ...
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How to stay in touch with a former manager?

My former manager was a good mentor for me. He is powerful in the company and he has a lot of contacts. He also gave me a good evaluation during my internship at the company. I got a job in the same ...
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I'm a Junior Level Developer in a job that is not teaching me anything modern

I am a junior level Java developer in a Big 4 bank. The project I am working on is using very outdated technology with no plans for upgrading, and so I am not getting any exposure to modern ...
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Bad project with punishing travel schedule - no time for learning [closed]

Just to give a quick overview about myself. When I was still studying at college and taking up a On The Job Training course, I was deployed to a company with a friend's help, so instant work no ...