| ||Ask HN: Career trajectory for software developers|
32 points by quietthrow on June 26, 2013 | hide | past | web | favorite | 12 comments |
|For people who start as software developers, what is the usual career trajectory ? while being a developer at 25 is one thing its quite a different thing being one at 35, 45 and 55. At the latter stages of the game, you have a family (hopefully) and are more set in your ways (read less agile or fluid) when it comes to change and you are competing against 20 year olds who will out work you (for various reasons) for sure but also be more comfortable with the trends current at that time. Not to mention the rise in the # of software developers coming from other aspiring nations and business work shifting to cheaper places due to the excessive need for optimization or effectiveness that business go for (although thats a different story).|
So with this context, I'd like to ask how one should look at the role of software developer in the long run. Should one change their work - go from software developer to managing people in a engineering capacity to leading business eventually or just keep developing software ? The latter just seems a little bit unnatural. What does the community think ? do you guys see it the same way ?
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