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Re: Climbing the corporate ladder

by jZed (Prior)
on Jun 11, 2004 at 04:50 UTC ( #363302=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Climbing the corporate ladder

As Yogi said "If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there". I bring this up only by way of asking what your goals are other than "climbing the corporate ladder"? What are your interstes either in programming or outside of it that you would find satisfying to work on? Or ones that you could get passionate about as you did in 1996? It's those interests and passions that will get you where you want to go. If you really want something and you're good at it and you know where you want to go with it, those things will speak louder than degrees when the chips are down.

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Re^2: Climbing the corporate ladder
by drewbie (Chaplain) on Jun 11, 2004 at 05:05 UTC
    My end goal is to keep advancing myself professionally. I really enjoy being just a developer right now. But I don't want to be a pure developer forever. I want the chance to gain more leadership experience, which usually means you have to climb the ladder a bit or strike out on your own. That leadership experience is one of the things I see more and more of as a requirement for "Senior Developer" positions, so it's a bit of a catch-22. You can't get the experience w/o moving up the ladder, but it's not easy getting to the first step so you can start climbing.

    The project I mentioned is one I've been sitting on for a year that should be interesting both from the standpoint of developing a business around it and technically (ie. the problems are not trivial to solve and will require a bit of thinking outside the box).

    Outside of coding, I intend to do a lot of sailing/canoeing/kayaking this summer. I'm going to get outside more - something I don't do nearly enough these days. Being outdoors and "experiencing" nature really energizes me, but at this point I'm unsure of how I can use that to advance myself professionally.

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