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It depends on what I’m optimizing for - to add value at my current company or to add value to my resume for the broader market. Hopefully I can choose a technology that lets me do both. But if my company is paying me an higher than median wage, and I see things going well at the company I’m with now, I optimize for learning what I can to ask for more money where I am. If I don’t see that happening and I can get more somewhere else or I’m falling too far behind, I’m optimizing for buzzword compliance.

Luckily, right now, everything is in the right place for my current job.

- they are paying me above the local median (we are talking Atlanta here not Silicon Valley)

- the technology stack we are using is not bleeding edge but in the right place in the hype cycle.

- I think they will continue to do so for the next two years.

But you’re right. I’m not going to spend my time learning the latest frameworks if I am not going to use it at my current job and I don’t see myself in the market within six months. But if my company ever got too far behind the market, I would have to start preparing.

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