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Big promotion offer but am I hurting my career with the title?

You're definitely overthinking this one. If the new role offered fits you now, you should take it now. Sometime in the undefined future, you may desire to change roles or companies. You will be able ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

You should talk to your manager. If you were given the impression that you would do full stack work, and that's not the case, then your manager should figure out that you are not happy about that, and ...
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Big promotion offer but am I hurting my career with the title?

This new title (CTO) at a startup won't hurt your chance when you apply for new jobs at bigger companies in the future. I have known people who worked as CTO's for startups. A few years later, they ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

While the company may have employed you to do Fe, or BE or both, over time their needs can change. How they use you in the short-term may be just for FE. But you manager may well take note of your ...
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How to approach an unresponsive potential employer after signing a contract and waiting for my Visa

The other part is that I'm still working full time, and I don't know if I should quit yet You don't have a new job yet, so do not resign. You don't need to ask your new manager if you should quit. ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

How would you approach this situation? What would you tell the manager in order to keep doing full-stack and at the same time not leave a bad impression? Just explain that you came to the company to ...
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Big promotion offer but am I hurting my career with the title?

The issue isn't the title. Titles aren't easily mapped between companies. I have seen title inflation where all 6 employees are Chief something Officer. I knew a one man company who listed his office ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

Ultimately, companies pay you to do the work that they need doing now, not what you want to do. You can ask to do other work. But if there's a lot of front-end work on, then that's what they will put ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

Every answer here has missed the crucial question: Why does she want you to do frontend only? Every answer here has addressed your needs, but we don't know why your boss is planning on making this ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

This is the problem with companies that want "full stack". It's never actually "full stack"; when a company writes "full stack" on a job description it's because they ...
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I am a full-stack engineer but my manager wants to make me do frontend development exclusively

It's really difficult to be a true "full stack" engineer these days. I cringe whenever I hear it. You might be able to claim the title if you have 20+ years of experience and have grown up ...
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How to approach an unresponsive potential employer after signing a contract and waiting for my Visa

....but I've been waiting for an answer for almost two weeks. Two weeks is too long, you should involve your manager and request them to help you getting the answers (either by themselves or by ...
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Is this too much for one developer?

Is this too much to ask for a single developer? Without thinking about the technical implementation at all: no, it's not too much. Any developer with a solid education should be able to build that. ...
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How to approach an unresponsive potential employer after signing a contract and waiting for my Visa

First of all, congrats with your visa! Do you really want to work for a company that neglects their employees like this though? 2 weeks to get a response from HR department sounds really weird, they ...
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How to approach an unresponsive potential employer after signing a contract and waiting for my Visa

Don't quit your job yet. but also don't jump to conclusions. After handing things off to the agency, the company's job is to wait. After sending off the application to the embassy, the agency's job is ...
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How to express interest in career progression without sounding threatening

Your career goals should be a fair topic of discussion at any review. In most cases the company should want to help you progress along that path. In my experience the best companies will want to ...
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Choosing the managerial or specialist path - does that really matter if you're senior in IT?

Management and expert growth tracks differ the most in the internal motivators that drive them. Do you want to be the smartest, most knowledgeable, most successful person on your team? Yes: High-level ...
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At what stage of my career should I get certifications?

Certifications are always worth having so long as they're not the ones that need to be renewed. These are better getting when needed unless you have a chance to get it paid for. Careers can be fluid, ...
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How to express interest in career progression without sounding threatening

It's a big, non-IT focused company There's your issue. The ceiling's only going to be so high. They're not concerned with purchasing the latest-and-greatest dev tools on a regular basis. They're ...
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How to transition from front-end to back-end as a developer?

if i were you then.. i would prepare my resume with java, spring, sql as experience Go to Coursera/ unacademy/ edureka get conversant take courses on these technologies. Take frequent leaves from ...
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I was hired to create a department but I do not get more people

Ah the classic software trap of "I've automated my job so well, my bosses think it's no longer necessary!" Here's a really great related question, that can at least speak to the automation ...
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I was hired to create a department but I do not get more people

The better I do activity X, the less necessary is my boss for the company. It sounds like you already provided the answer to your own question. From here out, you have two options: Do nothing while ...
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How to approach an unresponsive potential employer after signing a contract and waiting for my Visa

You should contact your future employer and ask about the expected timeline of the employment process. It's possible that something went wrong and they're trying to fix it, but they are also waiting ...
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How do I know if I should apply for a frontend or backend role, if I have experience in both?

Well, if one makes you happier, focus on that. But I'll assume you do not know. Your next step should be to talk to colleagues who perform either. Ask them what they do on a daily basis and what they ...
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At what stage of my career should I get certifications?

A certification is always a good thing to have. I've never heard of an employer saying, "We were thinking of hiring this person, but then we discovered that he has a certification in X." If ...
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Big promotion offer but am I hurting my career with the title?

There's a lot of reasons that people might not hire someone. Having too high a title in your current position is a terrible reason for someone to disqualify you in the future. You can't account for ...
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How to express interest in career progression without sounding threatening

This absolutely doesn't have to have an ultimatum flavor about it. The whole point of any conversation on the topic is that you have goals that you'd like to meet. I think it's a great conversation to ...
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Confused about my career

For what it's worth, I have been a senior software engineer for about 28 years now, and probably still will be when I retire. I realized that most Senior Engineers are focused on solving business ...
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