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Career Change Options for Developer

By msdev3 ·
Hi All,

I am a senior Windows database developer interested in learning about people with the same background who have successfully changed careers.


-what other careers were options for you
-how did you accomplish the change
-what was the impact to compensation
-what did you learn in making the change
-what common mistakes did you learn which can be avoided

Thanks to all with feedback!

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Pass on your experience

by rick In reply to Career Change Options for ...

I have had some degree of success teaching IT at the college and university level on a part time basis. Most full time faculty do not have recent (or sometimes any) IT experience. Based on my education (you must have at least a bachelor's degree) and experience (10+ years) the hourly rate is comparable to what you can earn in industry ($55 to $90 per hour).

I have also done corporate training on a contract basis. If you have a specialty that is hard to find this can be lucrative and demands less long term commitment than teaching at a college or university.

As far as how I benefited:
- I polished my presentation skills
- I made numerous new contacts
- I helped establish myself as an expert in my field
- I added some variety to my resume

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The thought crossed my mind too

by msdev3 In reply to Pass on your experience

Thanks for your input. I've been thinking about being a trainer part-time to see if I like it. One perk of being a Microsoft Certified Trainer is access to the entire library of training materials.

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