After 1.5 years focusing on ASP.NET (previously did some C#, PHP, etc over several years), for certain reasons I'm trying a new job (startup, very low wage) and learning NodeJS and ReactJs.
I did take a huge pay cut as this current job is a startup-type opportunity which I told the co-founders I'd give them a chance, while we seek funding/ projects etc. However now after a month based on my professional, industry experience and gut feeling it appears likely in 6 months I'd have to look for a 12-month contract and then move country (long-planned move). Yes, I have to accept the risks of my choices, however specifically my question is:
TL;DR: How do I position myself in 6 month's time when looking for a job that will most likely require NodeJS and ReactJS? Given my progression over the past say 5+ years through PHP, ASP.NET and now (recent) NodeJS? Will less than 1 year of serious Node + React experience hamper my chances for Node jobs/contracts?
EDIT: Some backstory here regarding considering management but from replies and today's reflection the management thing is a whole 'nother ballgame that I think I should put on the backburner for now. FWIW: One of the reasons I am in my current situation is I'm looking at the startup scene and non-coding opportunities like project management, product management, perhaps CTO down the line (let's just say I'm not in my 20s). A lot of non-programming 'tech' stuff seems mostly airy-fairy nonsense though, since too much effort is NOT spent on tangible delivery... so I might have to grit my teeth and keep on coding away.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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@mutt Yeah cheers it is quite a big divergence and a big risk to get to that level of project management from straight-up coding. Appreciate your answer.
@mawg Cheers, yes the question is a bit muddled as per my current feelings/thoughts. In terms of coding you have clarified that indeed this is the coding progression that's, well, the way things are going. JS has a lot of momentum behind it and C# is seen as "old school". As for management, it's just not my thing for now, that's what I'm finding out (thanks to this current job exposing me to that side of things)... Of course being a mid/senior dev/devops one would organise and lead juniors or other mids, that's fine and I have some experience with interns, juniors, vendors, etc. Normally us devs will have a product and project manager doing the "people and project" stuff.
@mutt @mawg Upon reflection, for the contract, probably something that appeals to me, something that bridges dev and architecture, C# and JS, but definitely more coding oriented. Working with people is more of a "bonus" thing on the resume at this stage, it would appear. If I have another question I'd post it regarding solution architecture or "analyst" type-stuff. But I need to research more on that. Thanks again for the kind replies.