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    “The next career step”

    Why does there always have to be a next step?

    Why can’t we become extremely knowledgeable and continue to just grow our knowledge?

    My goal in life is to not move up the career ladder but to grow my foundations such that they are so strong my ability to do everything as perfect as possible increases.

    And then spend the rest of my life reading and going fishing.

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      So you can retire much earlier😀

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        I don’t really care what it is called as long as I get compensated more.

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        I think being a Finder is a requirement for being a Senior SWE. I don’t think this article gave me any information on how to move from that. I think, in general, people become Architects and they can still write a lot of code.

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          Maybe people should have a little think about how other careers work. As a lawyer, what’s the ‘next career step’ for people that have been working for 10 years as lawyers? It is of course to work for another 35 years as a lawyer and then retire, possibly becoming a partner in a law firm at some point.

          If you want to make more money that you make as an employee, you need to not be an employee. It’s pretty simple. Call it management, call it whatever you want. But fundamentally as an employee you cannot make any more than you generate in revenue for whatever company you work for, and realistically you’ll be making much less because otherwise they won’t generate any profit. If you want to make more money that you can generate in ‘value’ per hour, or even anywhere near that amount, you’re going to need to start extracting profits from the work of others. Distasteful, I know, but that’s what you want.

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            Not sure where you’re getting that. Fair-sized law firms have a clear career/promotion progression. More senior lawyers have management responsibilities.

            That said - you’re correct that the real money doesn’t roll in until you buy a partnership and start extracting profits from others work.

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              Fair-sized law firms have a clear career/promotion progression. More senior lawyers have management responsibilities.

              Exactly the same is true of software yet software developers seem always to be concerned that there are not enough ‘senior technical roles’.

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              As a lawyer, what’s the ‘next career step’ for people that have been working for 10 years as lawyers? It is of course to work for another 35 years.

              Definitely saving this one. Great example miles.

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              I thought that was a pretty good article. I went through this progression, with a sideline in the middle as a manager, then stopped and went back to dev, next architect, and now I’m back to lead. Finding and solving problems is a great step past the the point where you have software fluency. As far as getting more money - increase your skills (which you get from doing dev work), learn new tools (systems, languages, techniques), interview and switch jobs and you’ll increase your money. Don’t pigenhole yourself in a useless small sphere (you’ll have to figure that our yourself).