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Career Advice: Developer or IT Manager

By TSoft ·
I've worked as programmer for the past 5 years. First I was a Smalltalk developer(2 years) and currently I'm a Visual Basic developer with 3 years of experience, and I'm a 28 years old. I ask for your help because I want to make a change in my career, but I don't know what to do.
I?ve experience as programmer however the previous and current companies when I?ve worked are not a software companies, so exist many pitfalls in project management that I've seen it, but my suggestions are always rejected because the project is always delayed or something like that, in addition we didn't use the rights methodology for software development.
So I don't know If I should look for a job in a software company to get the rights methodologies and right experience or try to get a job in other field, like database administrator or try to get a job as Technical leader or furthermore as IT Manager, even if I don't have the enough experience...!

Thanks in advance...!!

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Only your heart can tell

by JimBb In reply to Career Advice: Developer ...

It's no use trying to find the "right" career track if it is a kind of job you don't really like. So you'll have to dig a little inside yourself. Is programming the love of your (professional (- life? Then stick to that. With this or another company. You seem to be able to recognize organisational errors, and provide the corrective measures, so in due time you'll get some sort of a team-leader role anyway. Time will tell what it is.
Is programming just something you do? Then try to figure out what you do like. Theoretically a manager or a project leader doesn't have to know anything about the technologies that his team uses, but that's only theory. Maybe you don't really have to change jobs now, but you could do some non-profit jobs? I'm sure there is a school or an organisation that will be happy to provide you a playground, while you provide them the help they need. Only then you'll find out if that DBA or whatever it is, is really something for you. After all, what's the point of doing a change, if that change is only for career pusposes, and not because you like the new job? The only result of that is sick-leave in due time...

In short: follow your gut feeling.


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by ghamrick In reply to Only your heart can tell

At this point it would not be fair to yourself nor to any employees who you would potentially management to seek IT management. If you are not sure of what course you personal career should take, how to you expect to provide quality leadership to others.

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Carrer Change

by windanser In reply to Career Advice: Developer ...

Your Background as a rpogramer is valiable. if you can take some Network related classes such as MSCE,Unix .... you might be able to get a job as system admin, system engineer. most of these positions required B.S in CSI or related fields. another thing to look at is web developer. you need to gain knowldge in HTML, Java, SQL or Oracle
. these should be easy for you because of your backgorund.

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Think carefully...

by NetTek In reply to Career Advice: Developer ...

I'm not sure where you are looking geographically, but I know that in many areas it is difficult to find an IT Manager position. There is probably a greater demand for technical staff than managers, but if you are diligant in your search you should be able to find a position. One downside is that you may have to take a pay cut because of your lack of management experience.

Many technical people have no desire to ever switch to management for the following reasons:
1. Experienced techs often make nearly as much in salary as the people they report to; in some instances they make even more.
2. If the economy sours, managers are usually the first to get laid off because technical staff are more important to the day-to-day operations of the company.
3. Some people feel that once you enter management it is death to your technical career. It becomes harder to keep up on the newest technology. If you ever have to leave management and go back to the technical side, you are at a disadvantage.
4. Once you enter management, ALL problems become your problems. Developers have more definitive responsibilities. As management, not only have to share in the responsibilities of all your staff's problems, upper-management will be coming to you when something goes wrong.

Think carefully before taking the plunge into management.

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