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Career Advice. Stay or Go || Engineer vs Manager

By $hortCircu1t ·
Hello. So I have what is for me a really tough decision to make. I have been postponing this decision for some time now but have now gotten to the point where I have to make a decision. I am a very indecisive person by nature (not good) and tend to analyze everything to death (good).

So my dilemma is this. I am currently a Software Engineer in a company where financially our future is uncertain. Due to covid19 we last our biggest client and other things also did not go in our favour. We are currently exploring other avenues but these are not ascertained and we will probably only know their success in 3-4 months from now

Out of the blue, I was approached by one of my former employers who are now looking to fill the Development Management role and have offered this position to me. This is now a more management role than a development role and something I see as progression in my career the question though is it something that I will enjoy. I have always wanted to try my hand at management. I have been an engineer for 20 years plus and if I am being totally honest am a bit tired of it and also find that my skillset in terms of programming is not as relevant as it used to be

I have held Team Leader positions in the past and quite enjoyed the challenges this came with and see Development Management as a natural progression from this

So my question is this. Do I stay where I am as an engineer and hope that the company pulls through or do I take a chance on a Development Management position in a more secure organization (granted I did leave there before)

A side note is that the new position does not really come with much of a salary increase, something which does slightly disappoint me as I would expect a position of this nature to carry a better salary package offering. The position does however grant me the opportunity to see whether I will like Devoplement Management or not and if I do can potentially provide me with a platform for other Development Manager roles at other organizations in the future having gained experience in the role

Appreciate your thoughts and own experiences

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Re: career advice

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to Career Advice. Stay or Go ...

Some people are good in development, some people are good managers, and there are few who are good in both. Your post doesn't really help in deciding in what of these 3 categories applies your are.

But your post gives me the impression you're more inclined to change than to stay. Follow your heart.

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by $hortCircu1t In reply to Re: career advice

When I first began my career I really enjoyed programming. 20 years on I don't enjoy it as much anymore, whether that is because I tended to stick to one language and didn't learn any new languages and now that language is not so much in demand and learning new languages to the level of intermediate and above seems daunting I am not sure. Or the fact that there have always been so many other aspects to handle apart from just programming that I find myself looking beyond programming. And that I have enjoyed these other aspects to more now later on in my career makes me thing that perhaps I know where my heart is leaning towards.

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