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New job following bad practices due to being superstitious

I recently was hired from another country, made the trip to the USA to begin work as of last month. The company I work for had me unassigned for a few weeks before I was able to begin any work. During ...
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How to stay relevant as programmer in long term

I am 29-year-old programmer. One thing I noticed with passage of time is that I'm not as ambitious, sharp and energetic as I was at the start of career. My job becomes more demanding as I age and ...
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How to handle reappearing double standards during Job Interviews

I am a junior level Developer from Germany. After my bachelor’s degree in informatics, I worked for a company for two years. However only during the first year I worked as a developer. During the ...
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How can one build one's career outside work without annoying one's current employer?

My company doesn't have that many developers. THere is just one lead who manages 18 of us in a company with a total white collar workforce of maybe 70. Salary is also limited to increases of just 3% a ...
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When I need to constructively criticize someone's code, what can I do to “soften the blow” and increase the impact at the same time?

A junior developer was having some issues on a project. As the deadline got closer without any resolution in sight, my manager asked me to help out. I'm a mid-level developer on the team. After ...
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Do special “set up to fail” projects exist?

Does this occur often in companies? Are there special projects like new technology projects (cross functional) that unwanted employees are put in disguised as a challenging growth project designed to ...
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How to hire great people for a new startup company? [closed]

I am a mid-level computer engineer and want to establish my own company. I found a new idea and after some researches decided to work on it. So the next step was finding and hiring new people for my ...
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experienced in front end: should I also learn back end?

I know this is more software development related advice, but I hope someone can give some input. I am 34. I have say 5 years programming experience, two in desktop, three in front end. Now my idea ...
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Got promoted to a software engineer II and now have $2500 to spend on professional development. The amount resets in February, so short timeline [closed]

I am an Canadian/American (dual citizen) software engineer who got a promotion last week to level 2 at my company. Along with that comes $2500 in professional development. My problem is that at my ...
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Meeting new CEO for the first time, how to respond?

A few days ago, I got this email: J____ C____, the new CEO for [my company] would like to meet with MSO people one on one. The following days are being scheduled for this. Then the various days ...
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If I am followed on GitHub and Twitter by mostly liberals, will I be taken by future employers as a liberal myself? [closed]

Background I live and work in a midwestern suburb in the US (a moderate but liberal area). I am a developer but I don't work in anything politics related. Context In my spare time, I like to use ...
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How to deal with my manager wasting hours of time with meaningless meetings

There are two similar questions about too many meetings/meeting overload. My question has a third component which distinguishes it from those questions. I have a manager who calls for anywhere from ...
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Career Crossroads - Fat Salary or Invaluable Experience? [closed]

I'm at an interesting crossroads in my IT career so far and am seeking some genuine advice from people who bring a fresh perspective or who may have dealt with a similar situation in their own life. ...
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How to train or prepare, to keep important tasks ready for meetings

I'm the CTO of a 20 people sized company, working in supply chain management with the goal to convert/fork into an IT company with supply chain focus. The pace is really fast compared to all other ...
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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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Organising workshops for technical skills

I’m working to organise technical workshops at my workplace - nothing big, just an hour long during lunch. I plan on doing system design exercises, code challenges and solving brain teasers. The aim ...
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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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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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How to eliminate vicious cycle and general relationship with company

I am a junior employee working at a large research/consultancy firm. I have been working here for two years. Ever since I arrived here I have been having an extremely hard time being part of a team ...
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Accelerating personal development for promotion in competitive environment

I'm currently competing with two other engineers for a promotion to a much higher "rank" of engineer, which would mean a large bump in salary and benefits (i.e. 30% increase in salary, better stock ...
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Navigating a potential promotion while employees in key positions are quitting

A small company has a relatively high employee turnover rate. There are a handful of employees, however, that have stuck around and know the ins and outs of handling the company's business. The basic ...
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Mechanical Engineer looking go back to Mechanical Engineering

This is my first post here and so I apologize if this is mistakenly posted here. Background: I graduated in May of 2016 with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. I accepted an offer for a ...
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Is continuing professional development (CPD) available to software developers?

Trying to keep the overall question + answers applicable to anyone in Software, but advice RE my specific points at the bottom would be amazing! A little backstory I left college in July at 18, and ...
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Professional Institutions : Would membership of one preclude joining another?

In the UK, Chartered and Incorporated Professional Status is awarded by an accredited institution licenced by a national body (some examples licenced by the Engineering Council). Student Membership, ...
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Job posting from company is way more than I make after years [duplicate]

Recent job posting by my company showing minimum entry level salary(the start of the range) for a job requiring the same technologies is 15k more than I make. The only difference is an Associates ...
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What's most important in professional world? Portfolio & Advance Skills or Grades & Newbie Skillss [closed]

I am very much confused in this dilemma and this subject is constant debate in my country. I am a student of Software Engineering at NUST, Pakistan.(A freshman) So basically, the students are divided ...
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As a contractor, is it okay to list only the company where I work on LinkedIn? [duplicate]

I'm a contractor working through an external agency. Aside from the occasional reminder to submit my time sheet when I forget, I have almost no contact with the agency. My supervisor continually ...
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How to train your brain for work that requires heavier attention to detail [closed]

For the last 5-10 years or so I've worked as a Software Developer in places where design was a bit "ad-hoc" that is requirements were farily vague, open and somewhat flexible as long as basic ...
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Not feeling respected in the workplace and that a double-standard is being applied [closed]

A colleague and I have been discussing this recently, so I'm asking to get 3rd party advice more than I personally could get. She has been recently promoted to supervisor going from a senior analyst ...
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How to find a good mentor at work?

Note: This question specifically focuses on identifying a mentor in my organization, and therefore is not a duplicate of questions like: Seeking out a Mentor in field that does not work at the same ...