Linked Questions

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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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6answers
7k views

Can I turn down a promotion and can doing so affect my career? [duplicate]

I was just offered a promotion, which would make me one level below C-levels, now I am currently a programmer, and I really enjoy doing that job. If I take this promotion, I will not be hands on ...
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4answers
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How to tell my manager that I don't want to be scrum master [duplicate]

So I work for an organization in a large company (for a little bit over a year) and recently the scrum master of our team has been promoted to manager so he is now a manager. This led to an open role ...
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2answers
426 views

Do I have to advance? [duplicate]

I work at a large US company that has a fairly standard advancement path for software developers. Something like junior, mid-level, senior, lead, and then the seemingly non-sequitur jump to dev ...
135
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18answers
43k views

How to react when employee is not interested in career development?

I am a manager at a large tech company. Three months ago, all the managers at our company had career conversations with our team members. One of my team members has expressed that she is not ...
112
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15answers
24k views

Is it right to ask candidate why he is applying for developer while he was a leader?

I got a CV to review of a candidate who was previously a team lead and now he is applying for a developer role in our team. I see it as downgrade of ones career but I don't want to make an ...
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3answers
6k views

Convincing a prospective employer about taking a “lower” ranked job

For most of the past 15 years, I have been working at the "higher" end of the technical spectrum, in both permanent and contracting roles such as tech lead, information architect, product architect, ...
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5answers
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How can I refuse a team lead position which carries unreasonable expectations

My current project ends this week and my manager expects that I will lead the project support team for the next 6 months after the project ramps down. The support team would consist of two members ...
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5answers
597 views

Is it OK for a senior engineer to be involved only in design? [closed]

I am a software engineer with 8+ years of experience. In my projects currently assigned to me, my manager is urging me to do only the design part, not the implementation. His doctrine is that senior ...
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3answers
601 views

Overqualified manager looking for a lower position

I am a late-forties mother of several children and I believe my position as a manager for automation development is ruining my health. I have to take care of my family as well as manage my team in an ...
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2answers
577 views

Career Path for Developers [closed]

I'm a developer for more than a year now. I'm pretty happy with what I'm doing at the moment, especially when I get to accomplish challenging tasks. But as a general observation, I can see that ...
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2answers
991 views

Should I emphasize my non-traditional career path in a cover letter?

I have an unconventional career path from management to engineering, which is considered backwards to traditional, when a person first gets hired for sort of junior engineering position and then grows ...
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1answer
355 views

How can I communicate my preference to stay where I am now in my career path, and not move “up” engineering levels? [duplicate]

This is a variant of How can I communicate my preference to stay where I am now in my career path, and not move "up"?, with a key difference: the original question is about not wanting to ...