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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Take QA position and expect to switch to developer's role asap? [on hold]

I want to grow to a senior java (system) engineer in a 2-3 years from now. I have basic work experience as Junior Java developer (about half a year) with Java, Spring, Hibernate, AngularJS. I faced a ...
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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

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 do I deal with a manager who keeps the design in his head? [closed]

I work in a mid-size startup in the bay area. My manager tends to work 1 on 1 with everyone. I have been with him the longest for about 2 years. There are no opportunities for mentoring, design. I ...
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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 ...
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Breaking news of applying for a department transfer to current boss

I have decided that I would like to be part of a new team that is being created within my current work place. What is the kindest way to break this news to my current boss? I have nothing against my ...
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What types of careers are available for German language students? [closed]

I've been studying German throughout high-school and college. I am about to hit the workforce and am open to living almost anywhere in the US. I am interested in hearing about possible means of ...
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How do I maintain references?

I am a college intern, and I have noticed that if I do not have face to face contact with someone communication dies off. This has gotten me thinking about professional references. As I am beginning ...
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How to move into a development career with no formal programming education, but lots of informal experience [closed]

I am becoming extremely frustrated and I don't know if my current situation is common or if I am doing something wrong. A little on my background: I am a technical person by nature. I moonlighted on ...
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How can I become more engaged in a job that is not a good fit and make sure my next job is a better fit? [closed]

I work as a PHP developer in a software company. I have 1.5 years of experience, and 0.5 years remain in my company bond period. While in college I was a top performer and was very confident but now ...
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Is it acceptable or effective behavior to not document your code to keep your job as a programmer? [closed]

Just imagine the hassle of hiring a new programmer, that will have to work through files and files of poorly written code, without any single line of documentation.
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Can I get a programming job out of college with IT internship experience? [closed]

For the past two summers I worked doing IT internships, as they seemed interesting and the pay was good. However after thinking about it more I realized what I really enjoy is programming. I'll be ...
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Is living at work normal when completing a project on a tight deadline? [closed]

I dropped out of school a few months ago to work at a tech startup without realising how demanding the job would be. The company culture is passion-first. I'm frequently told I'm doing great work and ...
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I feel that in my workplace I don't learn what I should [closed]

When I see offers in job portals and I see the requirements, I feel as if I don't know some important concepts which I should. For instance, I see that companies demand TDD (Test Drive Development) ...
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What are some good exercises outside work to improve my political skills? [closed]

I have been in leadership positions since I was a kid - at various school societies (two of which I founded and still exist after I left) and later at university, as well as at non-profit ...
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Should I bring up that my probation period is over? [duplicate]

Today is my 6th month at my entry level job and I was told I'd be given a raise. I want to bring this up with my boss. Should I wait for the boss to remember or should I bring it up? This is a new ...
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Dental Front Desk: receptionist or office manager? [duplicate]

I am currently employed in a front desk position with a dental office that runs 3 schedules daily. I do all scheduling, incoming calls, process all incoming/outgoing claims, act as a liaison between ...
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I am told my work is 'excellent', but it never makes into a final product. How can I claim my results, if my work is never monetized?

I work for a software company. I have been on a project for nine months, and I have always been reassured by my first-line manager of the fact that my software increments would have been integrated ...
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politically-driven demotion in public sector

A friend of mine was demoted in his/her job in a government agency. There seems to be no wiggle room to discuss this decision, as it was driven by political rather than performance reasons -- they did ...
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Career advice - SharePoint development [closed]

I am a newly graduated computing science student and have taken up role as a sharepoint developer, working with C# and TypeScript. I enjoy the work but anyone i have spoken to / read online about ...
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Likely consequences of disclosing you have Asperger's Syndrome - given you have a 2.5 years gap in your resume? [closed]

Background A few years ago I (was forced to) left grad school (halfway into it) because of complications related to a set of anxiety disorders (a typical comorbidity in Autism Spectrum Disorders; I ...
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Is not attending the company holiday party damaging to my job and/or my career?

Many companies I've worked for host company functions like a holiday party. I understand that these are suppose to serve as a bit of a morale booster and a thank you from the company to the employees. ...
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Is it legal for a job interviewer to ask if I'm married, and how do I deal with it? [duplicate]

I recently interviewed for a manager position at a software company. One of the interviewers asked if I was married, and he immediately added, jovially, "I really shouldn't be asking that." I am 40 ...
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What is the impact of accepting the shift of role from a core developer to a white box tester? [closed]

I am C# and .net developer with about 5 years of experience. I'm considering the shift of my role from a core developer to a white box tester. What would be the impact on my career as developer? ...
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it support analyst Annual Development Review Preparation Form [closed]

I need help with my Annual Development Review Preparation Form The first question asks how I, within my role, contribute to the company. The list below is what I do daily, but I'm not sure how to ...
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How to cultivate growth in developers in consulting environment [closed]

I started working for a software consulting shop 1.5 years ago after having worked previously only at product development companies. The last product development company I worked at strived for and ...
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How to utilize the free time during office hours? [duplicate]

I am a software developer and most of the times when I find free time I read few news or technical websites like Techcrunch, Gizmodo, etc or read Twitter. How do I utilize this time to the maximum, ...
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How to politely tell my boss that I want to take on a different role?

I was hired by a small company few months back. Though I applied for a dev position, my boss got me on a different role which is not really the field I want to get into but since I was unemployed for ...
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How do I avoid getting stuck in a testing position for the rest of my career? [closed]

First, some background: I am currently in school studying computer science. I will be starting my third year of classes this spring semester. Right now, I am wrapping up a 7 month internship where I ...
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How to convey management that responsibilities given are way off the job description? [closed]

(This is rephrased version of my original question.) As a person hired for position of senior developer, I was made to work with several groups working on different projects mainly as backup-member ...
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Software Dev: What career implications should I consider when making a decision between two companies? [closed]

I have an offer from a company, I'll call CompanyOne, that I am on a time crunch to answer. I may potentially have an offer soon from a very different company, I'll call CompanyTwo, and I am terrified ...
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Which employer to ask for a professional reference to apply for part time study

I am based in the UK and have been working in industry for almost 3 years now since graduating. I have very recently left my first graduate job (no bridges burned) and have been working in a new job ...
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What are the pros and cons of taking a paycut to become an instructor? [closed]

I have the choice to become an instructor to teach beginners how to program and develop web sites for the first time. This job will last 3 months. I'm a Software Consultant (whose never had a ...
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How to improve my chances of breaking into the grad market?

I'm just about to complete my bachelor of electrical engineering in Australia and was unsuccessful in gaining graduate employment. All I'm looking for is to break into the job market somewhere above ...