Blue chip career paths for internet industry employees?
In 2005, I graduated with a BSc in Computer Science. After, I worked for 2yrs in an IT company in their support desk department in a badly paid non-graduate job, steadily grew to hate it, and eventually managed to secure a role as a junior web developer with a company Iíve been with ever since (4 years). Iíve since been promoted through the ranks (first to Web UI Developer, then as SEO Developer due to undertaking some extra training off-site).
However, I feel unfulfilled in my work because I seem to be in a rut. Iím not really learning anything new in the last two years (itís a well-respected web design agency of 10 employees that I work for, but theyíre very keen to pigeon hole their employees into ďoh, Andrew is our PHP man, Sally does the project management stuff, and Kelly (me) does the SEO side of thingsĒ, etc.) and Iíve realised I miss working for a larger company where there is a chance for promotion and sideways movement (like in my previous job, even if the work and pay was crap).
So Iíve been looking through what sort of career progression I could realistically go for in a large organisation (location not a problem, weíre based in one of Englandís tech hubs).
The problem is that I donít see any role models to base my ideas on. I see vacancies listed for IT careers for jobs like Chief Technology Officer or Chief Information Officer, but I canít see that my current career path can lead there.
I suppose what Iím asking is: what sort of large employer career path is there for ex-web developers who donít want to set up their own web design firm or go freelance? Where do the other developers that donít want either of those two options end up? Team Leading a team of developers for the rest of their lives?
Can anyone offer any advice?
Do not spend your working life in a situation that is not satisfying.
Originally Posted by h3f45w
The first step you take backwards due to fear, is the first step on the pathway to drudgery.
@h3f45w - you should be pursuing what really your heart says. There is definitely some innate inclinations to which you might be focused, you don't need a role model for that. just follow that inclination. As a good and i mean a good developer options are numerous.