Questions tagged [career-development]

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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Feeling bored with software development. Should I change career paths? [on hold]

just looking for some advice really as I don't know where to turn. I am currently working for a fairly large tech company, working as an application software engineer. I've been here for a couple of ...
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A friend from college asked me to refer him to a software job at my company and I don't feel comfortable doing it

I am currently an employee in the client services department of an extremely selective financial institution. I graduated college recently and just started my full-time role a month ago. Today, a ...
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Changing teams at a big corporation vs accepting an offer to work for a start-up [closed]

In the beginning of this year, I accepted a position as a software developer at a big corporation which is a well recognised brand world-wide and a very good name to have on my CV. However, my day to ...
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37 years old with a psychology bachelors and work history in restaurant management [closed]

I have been wanting to change careers from being in the restaurant/hospitality industry for a few years now, but I did not want to choose a new career path without being absolutely sure that I was ...
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Is it advisable for software developers to focus on frameworks like React or Vue? [closed]

As a front end developer just 2 years into my career, I am starting to be confused by the job industry nowadays where the job recruiters are looking for people who had experience with React or Angular ...
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Dev: After 3 years of work I have nothing on my Portfolio - Feeling stuck! [closed]

So I am a developer. I have worked for my dads super small software company the past 3 years. I wasn't part of the regular team though. I had an idea for an app and somewhat naively started working on ...
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Will taking a QA Automation Engineering Job Pigeonhold my career? [closed]

I have been a QA Engineer at a large tech company since graduating (~ 2 years). I enjoy QA and automation engineering, but I do have goals to become an backend software engineer. I am currently ...
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giving up on working in a specific field of computer science [closed]

I am a new CS (computer science) graduate in Europe. As a master's student, I have specialized in high-performance computing (HPC). Job offers in HPC were very few and far between, and I had to do ...
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Company wants to “retain” part of my salary?

In a recent peer review I was asked if I was willing to allow company to “retain part of my salary.” The exact percentage was not revealed. They used the word “retain” although they pressed that this ...
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Is it advisable to apply for a position when it is more or less set that my colleague will get it?

My former boss just left the company and a colleague of mine took over his responsibilities temporarily. Now, this colleague of mine has already been prepared beforehand to take up a leading position ...
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How to ask for an endorsement?

I am a junior developer in a medium sized team, and have been given a specific project for the term of my internship. I have kept my supervisor/superior well abreast of my progress. At every step of ...
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Should I ask to extend my internship/for a full-time offer if I only plan on being with the company for 1 year?

I am starting an MS program in Human-Computer Interaction this upcoming fall on the west coast and am currently interning as a UX Design intern on the east coast this summer. The company is mid-sized ...
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Transition from STEM field into social/management positions

I am approaching the end of my studies and soon will have master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Computer Engineering (Germany). I am currently thinking about my degree in EE ...
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Senior Developer Feeling stuck by toxic coworker and annoyingly jokey manager

I'm a front-end engineer and have been in the field for a little over 4 years. I feel like I am stuck at my current position, with no room for growth. Currently, I am a senior front end developer on ...
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How to list multiple related jobs on CV

Say I have a position of project manager at my company A. Now at the same time, I also have a sales related position on a company B, which is related to company A, say it is child company of A. On ...
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Repeating a year in college to clear concepts (Mathematics and Statistics Major). Is it a good choice if I plan to work as a data scientist or a SWE? [closed]

I am pursuing a dual degree (Int. BS+MS) in Mathematics and Statistics. It is a pure sciences college but I study applied mathematics separately. I plan to repeat my 3rd year, since I am not clear ...
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What are the ways to learn to manage your work life better? [closed]

I have the impression I need some coaching on how to deal with my job related issues. I find my career important but face some doubts navigating office politics, managing people, communicating and ...
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Someone from HR suggesting that I should not hang out with a coworker [closed]

I am pretty new at my work, having only been there for a few months (compared to people who have worked there for up to 10 years) and I felt a little pushed aside during lunch breaks or company ...
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How to gain broader visibility in the company despite having a line manager?

I keep hearing, as universal advice, that if you want to have a career in a company you need to be seen by senior managers, and build relationships above your line manager. I am struggling to think ...
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Road to becoming a professional software developer [closed]

Background I am 25-year old hobbyist programmer who loves the thrill of abstraction that comes with spending long hours trying to fit all the concept pieces together to create a working program with ...
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How to compete with people who lie on their resumes or exaggerate their qualifications?

Some time ago I was hired for a .NET developer position. My (then) boss, after praising my abilities as a developer ("We didn't know you were this good"), confessed that she was about to throw my ...
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Experiencing a desire to play a more technical role [closed]

I am currently a Product Manager at a large software company. I have been doing it for 3 years after a career change from sales. I do not have a technical or business degree but have been able to ...
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Imposter syndrome when applying to international jobs? [closed]

Its my first job as android developer and i have been working here for past eight months. At work place i am usually on my own when creating apps, there are no mentors or senior developers above me, ...
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Mainly front end, suggested back end task [closed]

I've been doing front end at my job lately (roughly three years). It is going OK. I did some other stuff too in this period using other front end framework, and some Java-desktop. Recently my boss ...
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How will joining a company where all works are done in C impact my career as a fresher? [closed]

I currently have an offer from a networking based product company where the work is mostly done in C. Considering C to be almost an obsolete technology now, how will that impact my career? Will I be ...
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I got a new job, and a friend turned hostile because of it. How to manage friendships professional network? [closed]

A friend of mine used to be a few steps ahead of my in his career. I was very happy for him, and I saw him as a trustworthy person and a future leader. He got into senior management in some startup, ...
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How can I stop my manager from trying to sabotage my transfer by spreading rumours?

I am facing a difficult situation at work. I started at my current company four years ago asa a junior developer. Today I am an unofficial manager, delegating work and possessing the most technical ...
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not going on a get to know meeting (recruiter)

Recently a recruiter contacted me via linkedin. Telling me "their team had many novelties, and were looking for a software developer in say C#" and was suggesting a meeting of "getting to know each ...
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How can I find work in a new sub-field that I have invented for my profession? [closed]

I know that I am not supposed to be industry or profession specific, so just take the following as an example of this sort of situation. An Example: I call my new sub-field 'Information Programming'. ...
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I've fallen behind on skills growth; how do I recover before I find myself unemployable? [closed]

Summary: I took my current job ten years ago and learned on the job. I lack a formal background and haven't been able to grow new, modern skills -- my job is more focused on getting the current task ...
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What are useful resources for helping map out a career change?

I've been working on changing my career, taking classes and trying to get projects at work that are outside my normal responsibilities. I currently help new customers build implementation plans and ...
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How to make skills assessment fair? [closed]

I have been experiencing a hard time tracking my work records. This leads to difficulties in assessing my skills over the time by myself, by current employer, or prospective employers. Over the time,...
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Ask manager for work time for professional development

I work at a company that provides professional development expense reimbursement - like the cost of attending a conference, or books, etc. I have already let my manager know that I'd like to use my ...
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If I accept job offer from client, would it make it awkward with coworkers from current contractor? [closed]

I was recently offered a position with a client that I contract for. They said they would match my salary and give me their benefits, which are presumably better since they are government-ish. The job ...
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Requesting a change of project at the beginning of an internship

I know there is a similar question before on a similar topic. My case is a bit different. I'm currently a student in college. Previously, I had research experience in quantum computing for a few ...
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Experience letter or success story

I was working as a solution architect and consultant for a project in one of largest banks in the country through one of the international IT consultancy companies. My project allocation contact ended ...
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Is it my responsibility to learn a new technology in my own time my employer wants to implement?

I work as a web developer in the US. My company recently hired on someone with the intent of having them get us swapped over to using a new technology that I have no experience with. This new team ...
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Is it appropriate ask for a raise three months after getting hired?

I am a fresh graduate and I got hired for a testing position. On the job advertisement, the starting salary was 850€. Three months later the advertisement now says that the starting salary is 1000€ on ...
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Loved my work place now I kinda Hate it - Is it time to leave? Would it hurt my carrer if I stay? [closed]

To start I work in a multinational company which owns a bunch of other small companies in such a way they only serve one purpose, like IT. I started as a Trainee on the corporate finance department, ...
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Will the technology I first learn determine the direction of my future career?

I am a web developer on my first year of experience. My company works with technologies that are very uncommon in my country (e.g. ruby&ruby on rails). My fear is that acquiring experience in ...
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How do you handle having too many opportunities?

I arrived in a big city not long ago, after being in a relatively small city. I keep seeing and being contacted for many amazing opportunities. They are only job advertisements and not actual offers ...
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Exposing a company lying about themselves in a tightly knit industry (videogames) : Is my career at risk on the long run?

TLDR: My former company is the example of start-ups malpractices. They're also vastly lying about themselves. They put me in a difficult situation in the past and I'd like to avoid others to fall ...
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I'm no longer enjoying my work. How can I revamp?

In September 2019, I will complete 5 years in the Software Engineering industry. Prior to this, I completed lots of personal projects during my undergrad days. I have lived with the code for the last ...
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How does a professional ethically exclude others from career opportunities? [closed]

I noticed a common pattern across several successful managers. They "elbow" their way to the top, actively excluding others from sharing the best opportunities. Such opportunities include: contacts ...
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Should I apply for my boss's promotion?

I work in a very small digital products department as part of a larger organization. The department was formed two years ago. I have been at the organization for seven years and joined as a Product ...
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Workplace (project) Horse Race [closed]

I'm a support associate at a large financial institution who has been asked to do a project for senior leadership. I have done similar work for nearly five years for the company and deliver quality, ...
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As a programmer, would working remote full time hurt my career growth if I want to go back to office environment?

I was wondering how working remote could potentially hurt my career growth as a software developer. I found many good lessons from this discussion thread: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15994294 ...
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How to leverage my knowledge of foreign languages to seek more opportunities, while not completely changing my job field? [closed]

My situation: 28, a French engineer (from a "Grande Ecole") and currently doing a PhD in Computer Vision / Deep Learning. I have always been passionate about learning languages, and I am fortunate to ...
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How to return to software engineering after pursuing another interest for six years?

I completed my undergrad in computer science 6 years ago. The only reason I had majored in CS was because of some family pressures even though I wanted to be a writer. After I graduated, I had ...
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What would a prospective employer's impression of someone having taken a “lower ranked” job to achieve a personal goal?

I'm an Australian software engineer in a bit of a limbo state between junior and established, having done a Masters degree before starting my first engineering job just under three years ago, kind of "...