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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Career progression in Software development

I have a broad question here today might be flagged but here it goes. I am currently a software developer working with android and backend technologies in a small-medium sized company. The team is ...
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Burnout - change industries?

I am a data analyst in the public sector and have been in various guises for the past 8-9 years. I am currently pretty well burnt out in my current role - all motivation has disappeared, work quality ...
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Advice: Only front end, no backend/devops? [closed]

This is software career related advice, hope it is on topic. I have few years experience in Front end: HTML, CSS, JS, React.js. My questions are: are there some big incentives inlearning also backend?...
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Career path for experienced full stack web developer [closed]

Background: I'm self-taught and have worked as a full stack JavaScript developer in small teams/freelance for about 5 years, starting from basic JS projects and picking up skills as required by ...
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How to deal with lack of social skills?

I am currently working in consulting and I am the most technical in the whole team, although I graduated in business administration/ management and now I have the role of a devs all-rounder (...
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Should I tell my lead that I'm not interested in a development plan, that I just want to keep my status quo?

Last week I got promoted and next week I have a talk with my lead to plan my future development. I am happy with my job and I think that I'm good at it, but the truth is that I have no hope in being ...
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When is institutional change no longer possible? [closed]

I'm been at an R&D organisation for the last 5 years. When I joined I was in a mid level position within a 7 person team. The team was hyper focused on a single goal and we had support from the ...
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I'm a leader/manager. One of my team members told me they received a better job opportunity. Should I disclose this information with my boss?

Currently I'm working in a leadership/management position for a tech company. Part of my responsibilities is to help my team as a career advisor and guide them to improve their performance and achieve ...
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When it's recommended to gain experience through open-source is it meant other people's projects or your own?

As a beginner trying to get my foot in the door, I read this recommendation a lot: If you lack experience, gain it through working on open-source. I recently asked someone "When you say open ...
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Boss wants me to advance and asked “what he can do to help me get there.”

I've been a Junior Web Developer at a non-tech company for about a year and a half. The other day I had an informal mid-year review and my boss asked where I wanted to be in a year's time (a front-end ...
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How to decide which path to take? Embedded firmware or software engineering? Or don't decide? [closed]

I have looked far and wide and am confused about the path I am taking from this point forward. My background in short: Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, May 2018 (the combination of ...
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Should I start a new journey? [closed]

Almost a year after graduating, I work for a large company. I am highly motivated and passionate about my current job. I have never had any experience as a product manager, but I feel that I have been ...
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Currently feeling useless at my job

A bit of background. While i work in a company that's not IT based in any way, i'm a web developer for the company's main system, patching bugs and adding new features whenever asked. This is my first ...
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Is career development more prevalent or expected in smaller companies for software development?

I know in bigger companies which I am in today expects career development within few years and they expect developers take additional responsibilities which falls close to product management. Also, it ...
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How not to grow a career within software development industry and still manage to be employed?

I am wondering if it possible to survive in the software development industry without thinking whatsoever about your career or giving any thought about where do you want to be within five or ten years ...
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Is finishing my CS degree critical to being employable as a web developer if I already have good experience and an internship? [closed]

I have an ongoing internship on an agile web development team at a company in the top 50 on the Fortune 500 list and I've learned great skills and knowledge there such as React, Typescript, and Git. ...
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New job is different than described during the interview

I'm a software developer with close to 6 years of experience. I switched jobs because the previous one (big corporation) had become unchallenging, stale, and the manager was unable (or not really ...
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How should I apply for a job if I'm experienced in the industry, but not with the stack?

As of June 2020, I've accumulated about three years of working experience in web development. It involves both frontend and backend, as well as a rather small subset of programming languages, ...
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Is participation in different bug hunting programs viable career path and source of income?

Is participation in different bug hunting programs viable career path and source of income? More specific questions: What are estimated, expected earnings of bug hunters? How long one needs to train/...
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what does one say to a mediocre non-knowledgeable boss who manages by email only?

I have a new boss. He got us all WFH fortunately. He also got himself to be the CIO (Chief Information Officer). He talks the talk very well but many things he says and does indicate he doesn't know ...
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too much pressure at work in the machine learning area

In short I'm a single data scienstist. I've joined recently a team of 4 python developers / machine learning engineers. The machine learning project we do is difficult as a machine learning problem. ...
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Is it worth continuing the search for my first job if there's the possibility I'd leave it in less than 6 months to study abroad?

Biting the bullet, so I thought I'd ask here (first time). I feel like I'm quite the overthinker. I still want to get my first job, but I'm currently less than 6 months in on a potential flight to ...
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How can I retain a volunteer employee frustrated for not being promoted?

For context, I work in an organization that's completely pro-bono, so no pay is involved; all volunteer. I'm in the equivalent of the C-Suite for our org. We have meetings with the suite every week. ...
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Two job titles in one job

My last job was as an Assitant IT-Manager, but I also worked with cloud services like azure & AWS in the same job. I am also pursuing certifications in above mentioned cloud providers. So can I ...
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How to tell junior team member that particular certification may be not right for them at this time without being demoralizing?

I have been working in the cybersecurity profession for about close to 6 years now, and just last year got CISSP certification, along with the AWS Security certification recently. As the team lead, ...
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job title for my half technical half managerial job

I have B.Sc in Computer Software Engineering and because my passions were located somewhere between software engineering and industrial engineering or management science (such as Business Analysis, ...
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Career shift in finance. Seeking guidance (non-finance welcomed)

I'm in my mid-30's. Currently I work as an investment specialist at a brokerage firm based in St. Louis. The pay and benefits are enough for me and my wife to make an average living for now, but not ...
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New potentially chronic health condition means I may not be the same engineer as before

I am fortunate, I work for a large and stable company and in general, management is fair, I would even say more compassionate than not. Since the beginning of the year, I've had an issue with chronic ...
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I am upset about not getting a promotion. Should I stick it out, or ask to be transferred, or find a new job? [closed]

TL;DR: I am a software developer and I am upset at not being promoted. Should I stick it out, or ask to be transferred to another department, or find a new job? How to communicate my disappointment to ...
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How to improve code when there's pushback on following design principles?

I was hired 3 weeks ago because of my gained experience in developing webapps. Team members and all of the colleagues are very kind and friendly. During this short period of time they let me implement ...
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I've been secretively removed from a major project. Is that a problem for me or the company?

I am the sole developer/maintainer for several projects, two of which are considered my primary concern. I was just removed from one of those two projects, without being consulted or warned (my ...
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Choice between front-end developer or business analyst role?

I completed a degree in computer science mixed with business management and have 7 months experience as a front-end developer, I've enjoyed it but sometimes get quite overwhelmed. I think I doubt my ...
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Stuck in a job which is not my domain, how to ask to change?

There is this case which is similar to my problem, though maybe more definitive. To give a bit of background, I am originally a developper, worked in Europe and loved my job in Automotive, now I am ...
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How to benefit from management promoting your big project?

I work in one of those companies where any employee can suggest a project idea to management. My idea has been very successful, and it's now being pushed in front of the CEO. The thing is... even if ...
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Decreasing motivation due to no operational tasks

Situation I work at a large multinational company where I am part of a smaller department consisting of around 30 people. I am a BI Developer/Analyst. I have no coworkers with a similar job ...
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Summer Internship Postponed Due to COVID 19 - Keeping in Contact With Company throughout Shelter in Place

Prior to the COVID 19 outbreak in the US I had a summer engineering internship at a company in Portland, Oregon. As the situation has rapidly progressed over these past few weeks the company has ...
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I'm in isolation - How can I prove that I can code without leaving the house or paying much money?

This is a shot in the dark, but I'm hoping for the best. My situation is as follows: I have a Master's degree in mathematics and have been trying my best to get a statistics job, or better yet, data ...
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Engineer of all trades, master of none - Career options?

currently, I've been employed for a few years as R&D-Engineer in a medium to large company. Pay is decent, work is mostly interesting, the colleagues are great and the hours are ok (leaving me ...
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CPIM designation behind name

I'm in the process of CPIM training. I know that you attach CPIM to the end of your name once completed. I was wondering if this is only in a professional environment to show you have the ...
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New Thinking Behaviours?

I started a new job as a trainee auditor and so far I’m enjoying it. I’ve not made any major mistakes but one thing that is clear to me is that I have to change the way I think about the job. I’m sort ...
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How to be appreciated for working alone and delivering results over “being a team-player”? Please see the description for more details

I have been working in IT as an employee for about 5 years. I have had many bad experiences working in teams. I like working alone. I am good at recognizing patterns, doing investigative and analysis ...
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Time management while studying part time with a full time job and a family

I would like some help, I am starting classes in the fall and I am worried that time management will get the best of me. I am a husband and a father, with a house to take care of and I normally work ...
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How can one compete careerwise with the careerists if someone goes on mat leave, needs sick time, etc?

This question doesn't apply to me yet, but it is something I am watching happen in my workplace to a few other colleagues. I am a sales engineer, which is a role which bridges tech and customer ...
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Negotiating improvement on lower salary than market

Context After graduating and finishing a good apprenticeship of 2 years where i ended up being in charge of a refactoring project (I started as a software engineer and became project lead), I stayed ...
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How to enforce the use of my full name at work, instead of its shortened version?

What way is the best way to enforce the use of my full name? I can't write this without actually putting my real names in the title of this post, because it's very specific to my name usage, and as ...
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Should you dress for the job you want and not the job you've got?

Currently I work in a position where I wear jeans and polos to work everyday. Sometimes I mix it up once or twice a week and throw on the slacks. I work in the office but I do spend some time on the ...
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Is it a demotion when I get a new role with fewer direct reports?

I started out with a manager leading a couple engineering teams. Last week, I was handed performance review results and I got a good score. Today, my manager called me in to discuss about my role. He ...
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Does discretionary effort make sense in a Scrum team?

I am a full stack software developer and have managed to cut my workload down to about 15 hours of actual work a week. Firstly, I discovered a long forgotten document describing the APIs and ...
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What should a developer prioritise to improve employment prospects? [closed]

My situation is: In full time employment as software developer using up-to-date "popular" front and back end technologies. Enjoy my job and work to improve my skills / stay relevant. No formal ...
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Reconciling my own understanding of myself with boss/colleague understanding of me?

I'm a dev with two years experience who was just recently (think two weeks) denied a promotion. I currently work in enterprise software. At this company, promotions work through applying, ...

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