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#1 nesir28   User is offline

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Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 21 February 2018 - 12:23 PM

We all know that in web design or development there are so many many lanes you can go down , and in the time of your career you might even change up from a web developer to somebody doing online marketing to making mobile apps. Its ll a little daunting when you look at it all. I am not in the position where i am studying my forth language ( when i say study i mean getting to know its concepts) , but i kind of wonder where am i going with this now. I dont have any clear directive. So my question is what are you as a web or graphic designer planning career wise ? Working for a big development company as a front end guy or full stack guy ? aybe you want to develop mobile apps or start a design agency ... There is just so much, perhaps we can get some insight from older more experienced users to tell us about some of the paths we are choosing

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#2 astonecipher   User is offline

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Re: Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 21 February 2018 - 01:03 PM

I have been a senior engineer, now working for a huge company. Long term, I want to end up in an architect role.

It all has to do with what you want to do and like doing. I didn't start with a goal, I started with a passion and the fact I enjoyed what I do. Now, I have benchmarks and experience in a variety of avenues and know where I would like to be next. Don't put pressure on yourself for the next thing. Enjoy what you do now and learn that area. Then, something will open up that you have interest in for you to explore more of.
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Re: Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 21 February 2018 - 04:38 PM

Straight to hell, by the feel of it.
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Re: Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 22 February 2018 - 05:26 AM

  • I'm 50+
  • I started out as a teen on Commodore computers. Sold my first program to a car dealership at the age of 17. It was a customer information tracker for sales people.
  • Fast forward past being in the Army.
  • I spent 10+ years making ride-photo systems (Roller coaster photos and other amusement park ride photo stuff). In that job I went from installer, to jr developer to senior developer to architect. Along the way went from C++ to C#/WinForms to C#/WPF.
  • Then a few years making radio station software. That was also WPF/C#/XAML/MVVM
  • A few years freelancing making anything from tombstone generators to outboard engine dashboard software to casino greenscreen software.
  • Now in-cab software for 18-wheelers. Going from WPF/MVVM to Xamarin/MVVM so it can be cross-platform.


The take-away from that...
  • Being in a mid-size environment where you get enough funding to do the job, and enough freedom to stretch your wings without a ton of corporate bureaucracy beats working at a big-name massive company every time.
  • Tech is a moving target. Don't expect to learn a language or a system and be done. You'll spend at least 10% of your day for the rest of your life just trying to stay caught-up and probably learning the next new thing.


Where do I see my career going? I'm 50+. I'm here until I retire. I'm glad to not be the boss. It means I can actual do coding which is what I enjoy. Project leads spend too much time herding cats and liasing between divisions. I like being the guy everyone turns to for experience-based answers, a little mentoring of new jr developers, getting handed "build the framework for this proof-of-concept" which later becomes a new product line. Its kind of a sweet-spot between being a grunt and being the architect.

Where do I see the industry going? Mobile & multi/cross-platform. Its a multi-billion dollar industry now that only keeps growing. Everyone wants 'apps' - on their phone, their tablet - their AppleTV console - their embedded smart TV - their smart watch - their freaking refrigerator.

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Re: Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 23 February 2018 - 12:01 PM

Where I think it's headed and where life thinks it's headed are probably 2 different things, but I'd like to be an architect, but honestly, Scrum apparently hates titles and thinks the architect role is superfluous and stupid, so yeah idk.
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Re: Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 23 February 2018 - 01:32 PM

I've had more careers in my life than I know what to do with. The current one is in tech, writing code. Might stay here for a while, might take another left turn. If I stay in tech, I'll probably stay where I'm at for a while until I see something more exciting and then do that. If I decide to do something else, I'll do that. I'm pretty sure I won't go back to sound reinforcement, radio, roofing, or running a record label, that's about all I'm willing to say for sure.
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Re: Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 23 February 2018 - 01:46 PM

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Where do I see my career going?

Hopefully a long and blissful retirement hopefully involving a large quantity of travel.

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Re: Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 23 February 2018 - 02:42 PM

Not going to happen, Jim. Just ain't going to happen!
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#9 nesir28   User is offline

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Re: Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 26 February 2018 - 05:04 AM

View Postxclite, on 21 February 2018 - 04:38 PM, said:

Straight to hell, by the feel of it.

This is what i am feeling and didnt want to hear lol

View PosttlhIn`toq, on 22 February 2018 - 05:26 AM, said:

Tech is a moving target. Don't expect to learn a language or a system and be done. You'll spend at least 10% of your day for the rest of your life just trying to stay caught-up and probably learning the next new thing.


I very much agree with this , this was one of the first things i learnt from this forum for ant and jon and a few other guys.



As the first post applies im kinda just learning stuff php and javascript now but i still feel lost not in terms of the languages but as what to actually do, not because of lack of option but too many , i had though if i learnt a few things and immersed myself in this world my ideas would develop of what i wanted to do. This however has not happened if anything ive realised how massive the scope is the more i learn the more i see , the more i fee lost.
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Re: Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 26 February 2018 - 07:17 AM

It happens to all of us. You can't just blast over everything, you need a targeted interest that grows into other interests. Some of that is guided by what you want; some of it is guided by what you are doing; still other parts are guided by what the company you are with needs. If you are still at the point where you can direct your learning, go with what you have interest in, because you can. When you hit corp level, most of your time is divided up and they tend to take precidence over what you need to learn, because they are the why.
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Re: Where are you headed with your career?

Posted 26 February 2018 - 09:57 AM

I don't think a person can determine their career path for decades in the future. That is a hard question to answer and extremely daunting being that you could change your mind at any point and feel stuck. My path has changed so many times, it seems like an unfathomably long road now (looking back).

When I left high school, I thought I would be a mechanic like my grandpa. I joined the Army as a mechanic, got out and sought mechanic jobs, then ended up driving a HAZMAT truck because the pay was better. When I finally got around to going to college, I dismissed computers because I thought that computer games (and computers in general) were a hobby, not a career. I ended up getting a degree in chemistry and zoology. Worked for HP for a while in chemistry, got laid off, went back to school and got my CS degree (compliments of the US Government), and ended up in a career I love developing WPF applications in C#. I'm already working on my own business so I can stop working for others and go to work for myself (blacksmithing, beekeeping, and farming) just because I love the kind of work I do when I'm "not at work". At the same time, I'm trying to shuffle into project management at the software company I work for and advising a programming club at a local high school. I try to explore every single avenue which will advance my position in life. If one ends up being something I don't like or isn't generating the revenue (in money, experience, or philanthropy) I feel it should, I kick it to the curb.

I feel like doing what suits you at the time you are evaluating it is the way to move forward. That is how we grow, adapt, and grow some more.
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