I have just taken a job as a Senior Developer at a well regarded university due to a relocation (will save me 4 hours a day driving to my current job).

I have been told by a number of people at my current employer (which is a fintech business so private sector) that this is a step back in my career as its a public sector role and will not look good on my CV.

I was wondering what peoples thoughts were on this based on your experience? I know there is going to be pros and cons which each but I am a little worried that I have made the wrong decision.

Thanks For Helping!

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    If it saves you 4 hours per day, I would take it. There's tons of things you can do with time that no money will ever be able to do. But that's my personal opinion. – nvoigt Feb 7 '17 at 10:46
  • VTC career advice, I'm not sure even the general question of "How are IT jobs in Academia seen?" is on-topic. That said, when anyone from your current employer tells you stuff like this it's almost always worthless and should be ignored. – Lilienthal Feb 7 '17 at 11:05
  • Out of curiosity (and it could also be very relevant): what exactly will you be doing at the university ? – Radu Murzea Feb 7 '17 at 12:07
  • @RaduMurzea the OP states the answer to your question in the first sentence. – Mister Positive Feb 7 '17 at 12:09
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    @MisterPositive What I meant is that, when you get hired as a developer at a university, it's a difference between helping research teams building software for testing their theories as opposed to doing some web-design for the university's website. – Radu Murzea Feb 7 '17 at 12:27

The fact that you took a job at a university as a Sr. Software Developer is not a step back in your career.

As a software developer what matters most is that you are working with relevant technologies in the market as a whole.

If you are working with older, outdated technologies then yes, it may be a step back in your career -- but that would be the case regardless if you were going to work for a university or another software development firm.

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    they have a mixture of old and new technologies which I guess is true about any company. They do allow a day each sprint (they are using Scrum) to work on whatever you like to increase you knowledge. – M0nk3y1089 Feb 7 '17 at 12:33
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    Old tech isn't necessarily bad, learning a diverse range of tech is best IMO. There are plenty of companies out there using older technologies so I wouldn't fret about that. Learn what you can and move on. – NibblyPig Feb 7 '17 at 12:37
  • You have to balance their technology stack with what is currently being used in the market. As you said most places have a bit of newer and older tech, just avoid the ancient. – Mister Positive Feb 7 '17 at 12:38
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    There are plenty of legacy systems out there with very few people who have the knowledge to use and maintain them. This is not a step back, it is an expansion of your knowledge base. – Old_Lamplighter Feb 7 '17 at 13:50
  • @RichardU Agreed, in as long as its not the ONLY thing your working on. Should that job go away, and say a few years pass, you will be hard pressed in general to be marketable. – Mister Positive Feb 7 '17 at 13:51

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