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How to handle being asked to automate jobs as a temp worker

I was hired for a 2.5 month contract. I was warned by friends and family not to throw myself into the work and not finish too quickly. I ignored them, and did the job in 3 weeks. My employer had me ...
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Should I volunteer for a pay cut?

The reality is that newcomers will be paid more than you. That’s how it goes. Volunteering for a pay cut for no reason whatsoever is about the most ridiculous thing you could ever do. Don’t do it. Don’...
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Fired for third time from a software development job. What to do?

I spent a lot of time refactoring and trying to remove technical debt. I received a verbal warning for under-performing before going on holidays. It seems here you were working on something that wasn'...
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Fired for third time from a software development job. What to do?

Today I was fired from a software company.. for the 3rd time in 1.5 years. Needless to say I feel like I reached bottom and it's impossible to get out without changing career. Should I change a ...
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Fired for third time from a software development job. What to do?

Understand why you're getting fired You've said it yourself. You're focusing on rewriting, when that isn't what you're there to do. You have a really bad case of Not Invented Here syndrome. As far as ...
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How can I deal with a manager who keeps insisting to stay with no clear offer after I have already accepted another company offer?

How to deal with a manager who keeps insisting to stay with no clear offer after I have already accepted another company offer? Politely without committing to anything. Once you hand in your ...
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How should I think about joining a company whose business I do not understand?

As other answers have stated, learning the technology isn’t too big a deal; it’ll be like learning any other technology stack. But while you’re worrying about whether you’re up to the task, remember ...
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How to catch up with people my age in terms of career?

You will probably get answers telling you there is no need to catch up, which may be a valid point. However you are specifically asking to catch up so I will try to help. I took awhile to graduate ...
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How do I explain a 17 year gap in my resume?

How do I explain a 17-year hole in my resume? Sounds like your explanation is "My career stopped due to a freak, totally debilitating accident that took me 17 year to completely recover from." No ...
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What are career options for big-picture thinkers with no experience?

Whatever you end up doing, please remember two things: ideas/big pictures are valueless without skill and experience, and skills and experience is valuable even without ideas/big picture. I strongly ...
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How can I deal with a manager who keeps insisting to stay with no clear offer after I have already accepted another company offer?

If the facts are with you, argue the facts. If the law is with you, argue the law. If nothing is with you, just argue. ————— old lawyer's proverb This is the sound of them having nothing to offer ...
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How do I quit due to a disappointing company outlook?

Perhaps I'm not thinking this straight, would like to get your advice on how to proceed in the best way. First, find another job. Then send your manager an email that says "This is my written notice ...
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How can I deal with a manager who keeps insisting to stay with no clear offer after I have already accepted another company offer?

You use the broken record method. Whatever they say, your answer is “I have given my notice, and my last day of work is the 6th of June”. If they ask why you are leaving you say “I have given my ...
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Should I volunteer for a pay cut?

This doesn't really seem to have any benefits to you. The only situation where this makes sense is if you both: Expect to get laid off explicitly because of your higher pay Like the job enough you'd ...
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What are career options for big-picture thinkers with no experience?

You basically nailed it on the head. Your situation is "hopeless" without being willing to do the work necessary to transform abstract ideas in to material actions. According to your post you have: ...
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From non-IT background to being a programmer

Congratulations on been selected for the job! You got hired because, you showed results of what you are capable of. Don't pretend to know things you don't. Be aware: others are also fighting ...
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Taking over another fired developer's role

Since you have no experience besides help desk type roles, I suggest you take this as an opportunity to learn and get experience on your resume. After 2 years, look for a new job. It's very difficult ...
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How do I explain a 17 year gap in my resume?

I think you can explain it just like you did here, but in your resume, mention the gap, for instance: 2001-2018 Unable to work due to an accident And, in your cover letter, you can add details and ...
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Failed dev project, how to restore/save my reputation?

1: Is any of this normal? Yes, there are a TON of totally incompetent managers around. Why incompetent manager? Because you can not have your cake and eat it and a manager should manage. He first ...
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How to describe professional software development experience if I can't share my code as per company policy

Is it sufficient to just mention it on my resume and discuss during an interview? Yes. Will potential employers take my word for it even if my automation projects can't be shared externally? Yes. ...
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How do I quit due to a disappointing company outlook?

Your post reads like you want me to tell you to quit. Ultimately, that's a decision you have to make and not really one anyone here can answer meaningfully. Always focus on the other opportunity when ...
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Am I being unreasonable with technical tests that take more than 1 hour for each role I apply to?

As someone else has already pointed out, unless you've agreed up front that you will be paid, you should not submit an invoice. I doubt anyone would pay it and I suspect it would put you out of the ...
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Am I being unreasonable with technical tests that take more than 1 hour for each role I apply to?

I think I understand now based on your comments. You are taking tech tests and it's taking you a very long time and you're wondering if you should bill them for your time. My thoughts: skip interviews ...
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How to describe nursing someone and being a stay at home parent as a career break on LinkedIn?

"Caregiver" or "Stay at home parent" is probably sufficient - most potential employers aren't really going to be interested in details beyond explaining why the gap exists and that ...
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How do I quit due to a disappointing company outlook?

Are you the company owner, or are you an employee who is working under an agreement to supply quality work product for fair compensation? Obviously, a rhetorical question. Obviously, you care about ...
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Taking over another fired developer's role

You need to understand the dynamic at small companies and decide if this is the road you want to go down. Don't think of it as "I'm taking on a developer role". You're not, at least not ...
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How to handle being asked to automate jobs as a temp worker

The problem here is you already proved to them you can and will do it for $15/hr as you already did part of it. Unfortunately, we often don't get to pick and choose our tasks. If you decline doing ...
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Midlife crisis? Fear and worry as software developer feeling like a fraud

For years I struggled with this type of self-doubt and the fear of being somehow "found out". It only started to ease when I realised the following things: Whenever I completed a task with ...
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How can I deal with a manager who keeps insisting to stay with no clear offer after I have already accepted another company offer?

You've accepted another offer, you've given your leave and you're moving on. There's nothing they can do about it. You don't need to tell them anything. If they ask where you're going you can simply ...
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