I'm hoping someone will read and give me some advice.
I started my career as an engineer after I finished my master's in computer science in Germany. I worked as a software engineer doing computer graphics and distributed computing for almost 5 years and I switched to product management due to circumstances in the company.
Since then I've had mixed feelings about product management as a job/career, I have been good at it and I'm at a principal level in a company since 5yrs. I lost my job recently and I'm finding it hard to get a meaningful role where they truly think of product managers as product thinkers and not as program/project managers.
Location also has an influence, I have noticed silicon valley companies value prodcut management much more than others.
Now, my question is - I'm thinking of switching back to an engineering career but I'm afraid my career graph will look fragmented and I'll be judged in the future for neither being a good engineer nor a product manager.
Any advice is highly appreciated, I'd love to hear if someone switched from engineering->pm->engineering.