|I've been working as an independent consultant for about 12 years. However, now age 40 with two young kids in tow, I'm looking for something more stable.|
The crux is, while I'd want to get paid like a 18-year veteran of the industry, who would want to hire me for that? While I can write CRUD apps in about a hundred languages, do embedded, some FPGA, some image processing, some web UI, some tablet, some desktop, some data analysis, some magento, wordpress, AWS, Heroku, Haskell, etc., nobody is hiring with a need for "a little each of a bajillion skillsets". At best 3-4 are used in any one job. Also having worked primarily independently I don't have a ton of the management experience that is asked for in senior level positions either.
So while I feel like I've put in the time and I have the intelligence, have I completely painted myself into a corner? Even for consulting gigs, I feel like what I have to offer is not far beyond what a 2-year veteran with that specific skillset could offer, so how can I compete?
Granted I'm applying for jobs now and so it'll be a matter of supply and demand, but has anybody else been down this road? If you have and it sucks, can we make a general warning for other youngsters considering this path?