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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Proposal for leaving the job [closed]

Long story (not so) short. I've been working for a small/mid company (around 40 people) for last 4 years as a Python developer. Money was good, there are better paid jobs in my area but I'm not cash-...
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How to apply for positions when one isn't exactly what employers have in mind?

I'm in my late thirties, and have been out of full-time employment for almost 10 years. Prior to that, I worked for six years in software development and systems engineering (fields in which I had ...
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Been in my job for 10 years. Is it hurting my future career?

I've recently had my 10 years anniversary at work. Often when I mention it I hear that 10 years is way too long to stay at one place these days, and that I may find it hard to look for a job in the ...
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Is native mobile development a dead end career path? [closed]

I am a developer with 4 years of experience (native Android development, java, kotlin). I come to the conclusion that native mobile development is kind of a dead end. Why? In 2015-2016 I worked at ...
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How do I approach a previous employer about a job opening?

I worked for a construction company on a Federal project as the office admin working at the construction site. Upon completion of the project my employment was terminated as there were no other ...
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Quickest path to employment given current qualifications, experience and circumstances [closed]

Challenge: find work within 3 months (NYC based, no work authorization needed). Conditions: Need one week-day off a week that I can make up with remote commitment on the weekend. Reason: I'm a Math ...
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Seeing no perspective in job - low motivation [closed]

I'm currently working as a consultant in the it department of an company which is active in industry. I've studied computer science and my goal was to become a software developer. My job currently ...
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Could it harm my career to go for a promotion too early?

I have been in my current role for 10 months and this is my first job after university, I applied for a junior Developer in Test role and was offered the next step up (Developer in Test). I was ...
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Jr. C#/C developer planning to move to RPA for a while [closed]

tl;dr: I am miserable at my current programming job due to management and endless mandatory overtime. I have an opportunity in RPA but love programming, is it feasible to take a break from programming ...
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How can a developer transition into a more business-focused and managerial role?

I am a software developer with about 2 years of experience in the role and I have decided that I don't really enjoy my job as much. I much more enjoy the business side of things. If I continue going ...
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How to politely end a mentoring relationship?

While in my previous job I started what can be seen as an informal mentoring relationship with some junior colleagues. Basically, they asked me for career advice (skills needed, how to acquire them, ...
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Ditching my old skillset while changing jobs in the same field

Background My formal training was generic (Systems, Dev, Project Management) - no particular expertise, just "good enough" to start and learn on the job. I started off as an ops guy in a small ...
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Non-manager feedback and career advancement

For people already promoted that need to interact with multiple parties e.g. newly promoted manager that works on a complicated technical project that requires collaboration of 3-4 teams within the ...
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How to request transparency regarding co-worker's efficiency?

This is my very first question on Workplace.SE so please let me know if I can improve anything to better comply with the site rules. Context I work as a software developer for a rather small ...
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How do I find out if or how I can get accepted for internal training?

tl;dr: I applied for and was rejected from an internal training program and they won't tell me why. How do I find out? There is an internal training program at my workplace that I would like to ...
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How can I get an honest or accurate general review of my Soft Skills?

I'm well aware of what Soft Skills are supposed to be, and there is plenty of information out there on how employers can measure it. We even have a question right here on that: Soft skill evaluation/...
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Leaving a job without a job

I really want to leave my current employer but I'm feeling a little trapped due to my three month notice. I've been with my current employer a little more than one and a half years and this is my ...
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I come off as an expert in writing, but In person, nobody takes me seriously, and it is affecting my career, how can I fix this?

I have considerable knowledge in the business and technology of my field (supply chain and planning), from 7 years experience and from having a Ph.D in a closely related field. Although my colleagues ...
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Does experience using a MySQL database on my personal computer with python prepare me for a job involving querying SQL databases?

I worked for a couple of years on a research project where I took the initiative to learn about python and SQL. I installed MySQL on my personal Mac OS laptop, I designed a database on Workbench, and ...
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How can I help a software developer gain skills *outside* of software development?

Our company is a small SaaS shop with a small team of in-house software developers. We take professional growth very seriously. I talk to each of the developers that I manage about personal learning ...
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Should I continue with Knowledge Transition when I have some other plans for my own?

In my current company I am being given KT(Knowledge Transition) for a new project. The guy who's giving me KT is supposed to leave in a little over the month and he's handing over the work. I have ...
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Should I quit the job because of misunderstanding with friend

Friend of mine was assigned a task to explore commercial possibilities in a completely new market for the company. There was no real in-house expertise in this market and he was the only guy who had ...
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1.7 years experience but I have 1 arrear [closed]

I have been working in datastage for 1.7 years and I have planned to switch to other company due to my salary being an issue. However, I have 1 arrear (backlog) currently, meaning that I have failed ...
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How to ask your line manager about career growth? How is he seeing me for the next higher position? [closed]

I have completed 2 years in my current job and in these 2 years I have achieved more compared to my other colleagues. All the other department people as well as my state team are aware of the work and ...
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How does a person decide whether it is valuable to complete two complementary Master's Degrees back to back? [closed]

I'm using my circumstances as an example. I don't have a strong Bachelors (it's in Math this past year) nor three strong letters of recommendation. I am 25 years old in the USA and have not held a ...
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Any jobs that offer lots of vacation, and low stress? [closed]

I’m 45 years old and am looking to semi retire. I have enough money to retire but would like to stay somewhat busy and also have health insurance. The job pay doesn’t matter to me but what matters ...
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From Design Engineer to Product Engineer, Future Prospects? [closed]

I have recently been made aware of my role change from an electronics and software engineer at a medium size company to that of their new product engineer. From the outset the change in role seems to ...
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Would it be beneficial to my career advancement to upgrade my workplace designation?

I'm in a software company for 3 years. During this time I've successfully upgraded my designation from Jr. Software Developer to Software Developer. In the meantime, I've also further upgraded my ...
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Struggling Senior Developer

I am senior developer (working as a consultant and manager) with over a decade of experience. I find that I enjoy helping teams with communication, learning about new ideas (architecture, patterns, ...
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Additional role at work highly stressful - keep for growth, or drop for not a good fit? [closed]

About 3 months ago, our teams restructured and I was offered the opportunity to be Scrum Master for the new team. The role pretty much meant 1) being in charge of scheduling the necessary ceremonies, ...
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Manager potential

During my career, I have experienced an increasing interest in manager positions and I am considering to aim for these during my career. This leads me to my questions: How does one conclude whether ...
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How to test drive full time jobs when working full time

How would I go about trying something different (for example, a full time job at Organization B) while working full time at a job with Company A? This question addresses the interview part, and I have ...
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Junior title, senior responsibilities: how to make it count as career progression? Or should it be always avoided?

I have been offered a role where a foreign company would rely on me for building their presence in a new territory. Set up office, deal with regulators and stakeholders, bring in first few customers ...
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How to adjust with Start-up environment which gives complex tasks? [closed]

I am new to programming and I work as a data analyst in a start-up. I find that its difficult for me to adjust with the start up environment. The seniors give me work like image processing and NLP ...
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Chances Over Senior Opportunities [closed]

As I have mentioned in my previous questions, I'm working in a very well-known company as a Cloud/DevOps engineer with 7 months of experience. I believe that my career progresses greatly from ...
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My mentor thinks i am incompetent because of this

Many of us might have faced this irrespective of the profession you are working but hear me out on this and please tell me what can anyone do to improve/ handle this situation in a professional manner....
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Can employer require me learn a new technology that I have no interest to learn?

I was hired some time ago to work in a consulting company in the AWS team (Amazon cloud). Now they want to expand to other cloud providers namely Azure (Microsoft Cloud) and want me to learn and get ...
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Switching teams because current manager doesn't care about my work?

Context: Until a few years ago, I worked for A. A worked and still works for B. I was then moved directly under B for some technical reason (product ownership), but that reason has gone long since. I ...
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How to transition from industrial engineering to data science? [closed]

I am currently a senior student studying industrial engineering at a university that has both incredible industrial engineering and computer science departments. Over the last 4 years, I have taken ...
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How to handle being asked to automate jobs as a temp worker

I have been working as a temporary worker at a large ($13+ billion/yr) company for some time now. My job is a typical $15/hr office job where I do paperwork, place orders and bill people. At some ...
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Can i be a successful Software Engineer? Would a well-structured company hire me? [closed]

Over the past few months I’ve been increasingly worrying about my career prospects as a software engineer. My concerns are due to my personal background and my current position of work. Background I ...
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How to help a co-worker who wouldn't be able to get promotion due to lack of English skills?

In my engineering organisation I have one employee (machinist) having 25 years service at same set up. He is the most skilled and dedicated worker with an exemplary attitude who can be assigned to any ...
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I'm a grantee and my boss told me he would like me to stay but I don't know what to do [closed]

Intro: I'm studying in the afternoons and I work as a grantee on the mornings. I have been a grantee for 6 months now, and I still have 2 months to go. Once finished I have the choice myself to leave ...
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Will relocating close off future opportunities elsewhere?

I'm a masters student pursuing an MS in Data Science. I currently have two offers, one in California with a startup and another with an established Fortune 500 company in Detroit. The Detroit offer is ...
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Advice to junior that enjoys the job, but is unhappy with company philosophy and cannot find another job [closed]

My girlfriend started with one of these worldwide consulting companies around a year ago. This is her first job, and she was quite excited to start at a company with a big name just after graduating ...
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For a Computer Science major would it be beneficial to obtain a Comptia Security Plus Certificate. [closed]

So, I'm a recent Computer Science graduate and landed my first job as an ASP.NET application developer in the government sector. I've been working here for about a year now and i'm liking the job so ...
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How do I convince my employer to match the salary of my new job offer?

I have a new job offer that offers 60% more salary than my current job and the same benefits. I am located in Pakistan and I was headhunted for this offer. But I do not wish to leave my current job—it ...
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I’m 38 and still no career. Times, running out. Please give advice [closed]

As the title says, I’m 38 and still haven’t found an IT profession where I’ve excelled in. I’ve been battling with depression a majority of my life which has slowed my progress in life down to make ...
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Does changing field of study have exclusively negative effects on my future career? [closed]

I have recently completely my Bachelor's degree in physics with a 3.2 Grade Point Average. However I am interested in the field of electronics and to this end I have decided to take a Master's in ...
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Starting freelancing as a junior software developer

As a recent graduate with a masters degree in computer science with a total of 2 years of internship experience and some open source development experience, is it likely to people will take me ...