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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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How to approach an unresponsive potential employer after signed a contract and waiting for my Visa

I signed a contract in January for a company in Europe (I'm from Latin America), and since they have been handling my relocation and visa process through a relocation agency. The problem is that both ...
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How to decide between two very different software engineering positions? [closed]

I will soon have two job offers, one for an ETL/Informatica Developer role, and one for a C#.NET mostly-backend developer role. I have some experience with .NET in the past, but zero experience with ...
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Is this too much for one developer? [closed]

Background: my company makes IoT devices. All the data generated by the IoT devices gets sent to the cloud. I would like one developer to be responsible for everything after the data leaves the device....
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I was hired to create a department but I do not get more people

I have been working in my current company for over a year, I am the only one doing activity X and the only expert at it. I was told I would lead a department regarding activity X after a year or so ...
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Choosing the managerial or specialist path - does that really matter if you're senior in IT?

I'm wondering if me choosing the managerial or specialist path really matters. I'm at the senior manager level (I mean the career level, not a function). I want my next job to be on the director level....
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How do I know if I should apply for a frontend or backend role, if I have experience in both? [closed]

In software development, there's such thing as a fullstack developer, this means I have the skills of a frontend developer plus the skills of a backend developer. This might be an advantage when ...
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At what stage of my career should I get certifications?

I have been in an administrative support role for approximately 10 months. I've been looking for some options compatible with my area of expertise considering that I'll be graduating in the middle of ...
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How to transition from front-end to back-end as a developer? [closed]

I'm not sure if this site is fit to ask such a question, but still gonna ask. So I'm currently working as a Front-end engineer, I have around 1.5 years of professional working experience. For a year I ...
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Work at a prestigious company vs less prestigious company [closed]

Is the work in a less prestigious company the same as the work in a more prestigious company ( for sake of argument FANG)? For example, in company A suppose the job entails the following: Build data ...
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Big promotion offer but am I hurting my career with the title?

I'm the data team lead at a company of 40ish people. I've been in data/analytics for 7 years total, 5 years as a Data Scientist, the past 3 as lead here. The CTO is retiring and he told me today he ...
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How to express interest in career progression without sounding threatening

I am a senior backend engineer with 10+ years of experience in the industry, mostly working on web applications. I have been working for my current company for 2 years now, and I'll soon have a ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

I will soon have a meeting with my manager, in which she will want to assign me to exclusively frontend development. I am a full-stack engineer and enjoy both frontend and backend development. But the ...
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SWE achievements

I have heard about Google's XYZ résumé formula but I struggle to describe my experience with it. Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y], by doing [Z]. The hardest part is ...as measured by Y... but ...
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Career advice: changing from Data Analysis to Software Development

I'm currently working as a Data Analyst (10 years xp) where I do a lot of Data Visualization and PowerBI development but considering pursuing Software Development. I enjoy the technical aspects of the ...
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How can I change my attitude towards my colleagues and my carreer? [closed]

I just read this question and it hit hard. I'm in a small team of developers (mostly RPA, general AI, and scripting in VBScript, Python, PowerShell and so forth and so on), some of them don't ...
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What categories of projects outside of embedded are there for a C++ developer nowadays? [closed]

A bit of context: I have experience in C/C++ development (mainly on the "old" C++03) in a Linux-based embedded environment in telecom equipment, but I don't want to continue working in the ...
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Career advice : changing gears from devops to coding

I have two decades of working with all aspects around devops, before it was called that! I have written and reviewed a lot of code and helped design and deploy a number of enterprise projects and ...
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Advice about struggles with new role

I had turned down this role last year, and stepped down from a management role. I took the time to get better in my old role and become more confident. The opportunity came around again, so this ...
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Reasons someone would avoid working on career growth

In my team I wanted to dedicate time for people's growth. I gave each of them some material and actions to do, to start working together on a development plan. All my team members started on this and ...
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Would working reduced hours or part time something that senior engineers would be interested in? [closed]

I work for a tech company and we're trying to see if there is interest from senior engineers who want to work part time. Now that we're a remote first company, we want to know if there are engineers ...
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Changing field but same job as Data Analyst - red flags in new job?

I've done an interview with a consulting company for a full remote Data Analyst PowerBi (body rental) in medical field for a big medical company. First interview was with HR and happened yesterday. ...
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Risk of taking another job

I am curious how do people make decision in such situations. Say I am Software developer (Front end), with say 4 years of experience roughly. Now, on my current job, I handle all the tasks well. Pay ...
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Stuck in a bad team. How to make the best of a worst situation?

I have been in a team for more than a year and I am stuck. The company works on proprietary software and I don't have much guidance. I waste all my time going round in circles and I can barely get ...
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Mentioning "under review" manuscripts in industrial resume

I am a final year PhD student in chemistry and am applying for industrial R & D jobs. The thing is, presently my number of research publications is low as two of my submitted manuscripts are ...
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Accepting a freelance offer from an external client with my current employer

For the last few years, I have been working on "strategic projects" for my current employer, alongside my main responsibilities. Recently, my employer has terminated the contract we had with ...
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How can I tell HR I want to study an MBA and ask for financial help

My work offers study assistance (pays partially for the degree & gives you extra leave) to undertake further education. However, my position is currently a data analyst (I have a degree in ...
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Same title at different levels in different companies

I am updating my resume after a long time at the same company, and I have an issue with the way the titles across my last few employers compare with each other. If I list the exact job titles at each ...
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How do I demonstrate my value against "more experienced" managers/directors in interviews?

I am a mobile software developer that's applying for a Mobile Engineering Manager position at a new company. During my initial phone screening with the company's technical recruiter they were using ...
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How to email my mentor at a new job for the first time

I will start a new job next Monday and my future manager emailed to welcome me and cc'ed my mentor, who is a senior engineer. I would like to reach out to my mentor separately in an email, but am not ...
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Returning to an old job lost due to COVID-19 [closed]

When COVID-19 hit I had just finished my degree and was super excited to get back to work however with the lock downs and social distancing it was quite difficult to hold on to anything. However ...
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Is Tech Stack knowledge important? [closed]

I am working as a software developer for about 5 years. I already changed my job 5 times, so I have a little wider knowledge about the requirements of some companies, but I feel like I am still a ...
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Hired as a developer and working alone so improving is hard

Context: Been in IT for ~25 years, developing web+databases+apps/datascience/helpdesk/sysadmin depending on where I was at - I feel like I am a specialist of nothing, and ~average at a lot of things. ...
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I am 6 months into the junior software position but still can't code well ,should I quit?

I am a fersh graduate from a degree which is kind of a combined degree in business management plus programming(so 50-50).To be honest, our programming curriculum was a complete disaster.And I didn't ...
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What should I do with a highly valuable unique ability that is consistently unused? [closed]

Many people have unique valuable abilities that they do not know what to do with. This question is not about my specific situation. I am asking a general question and providing my situation as an ...
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As a Tech Lead I feel more like a manager and I hate it

6 months ago, I became a Tech Lead, previously I was a Senior Developer. My team has around 20 members (including QA, UX and Devs). After I became a Tech Lead my work has become more like managing ...
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Does it make sense to apply for an internship in a bigger, renowned company if I am already employed as junior in a smaller company? [closed]

I am finishing my master degree and currently employed in my area (Machine learning) in a startup. I know about open positions for an internship in the area in NVIDIA. I would really like to work ...
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How to get out of a situation where you are a useful bottleneck? [duplicate]

I am a data scientist in a big company (10K employees). I have to say I appreciate my job (for now) and leaving is not my preferred solution, even though it's in scope. So, in the last 2 years, I ...
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For an employer, is a candidate with a Phd in AI more desirable over a candidate that spent the same time working in the same area in the industry? [closed]

I am about to finish my masters degree in AI, and I am considering the possibility of doing a PhD. Honestly I am not very willing, I would rather stay working where I work (I work with AI research in ...
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How to gain experience on a skill? [closed]

When I look at job postings related to my specialisation, some skills are required but I have no actual experience yet for those (example API testing). I only know the concepts and basics since I self ...
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Interview task: Find a potential customer who is interested in a product

I had an interview with an employer working on a software-based vehicle solution. Before going further in the interview process, he gave me a task to find out if a potential customer (automotive OEMs) ...
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Budget responsibility in IT and cloud [closed]

At least in Germany, for years I have observed that "IT budget responsibility" has been an element for more senior people/management(-like) positions. Now within a cloud, every user can see ...
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Is it ok to use my open-source projects as dependencies at work?

I work at a startup company and we're in the phase of creating some pipelines (GitHub actions) and making our program's foundations stronger. In my spare time, I create a lot of tools for my personal ...
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Do you ever feel indebted to someone who started your career? [closed]

It's been 2 years now since I got the career I really want. I don't know how I got hired. I just copied what others' strategy was before like creating something and showing the employer. I got a ...
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Resume fill gap while migration

I recently moved to US. Had to quit my last job Associate Data Scientist in June to follow up on the immigration process and interviews post pandemic. I got the green card a few weeks ago, have been ...
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I have been invited to join a diversity team: What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Due to the fact that I have several disabilities (autism, hearing impairment, Learning disability, stroke survivor with long term effects), I have been asked to join a diversity team, focusing on ...
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How to turn bad experiences into good explanation? [duplicate]

I would like to ask how can I explain in a professional way these experience to potential HR : bachelor's degree internship : it a was a startup in healthcare, never coded during university and had ...
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Prospect of pursuing online degree in my off-shift hours with new job which has flexible work hours, how to approach to discuss this with management?

I am trying to pursue an online degree which may help me plan future prospects of my career but I have to do a tech job alongside to afford the course. The problem is the company work hours are ...
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Should I ask HR about an upcoming "promotion" my manager cannot consistently explain? [closed]

I have been at my current employer for more than five and less than ten years in software engineering roles. I am unquestionably recognized a top performer doing important work, but I would like to ...
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Not receiving feedback from raised concerns, what else can I do?

For the past four years, I have been a back end developer in a small, UK-based software development team in a large organization. I have been at this company for 7 years. Last year, I raised several ...
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Does taking hands-on job damage opportunity later?

I am currently getting a Master's of Applied Science in Aerospace engineering, but am interested in wind energy and therefore would maybe rather have any job in wind energy than something higher ...
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