Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

What are your long term career goals?

Nobody that I work with seems to have a career plan but I hear so much about ageism and outsourcing in this field, and I know people that I went to school with who are out of work or have switched fields.  So I figured maybe it's time to start thinking about this.  What are your long range goals?

Try to stick it out as a programmer?

Go into management?

Be your own boss?

Career change?

Or are you just going with the flow?
Permalink Steve 
March 9th, 2012 11:05am
1. Write good code
2. Create products people want to buy
3. Don't work for assholes
Permalink Send private email xampl9 
March 9th, 2012 11:13am
Building a kickass b2b competitive business intelligence solution.
Permalink Dr. Horrorwitz 
March 9th, 2012 11:17am
Ultimately, run my own show making games and apps. The latter by request, not so much shrink-wrap.
Permalink JoC 
March 9th, 2012 11:23am
xampl9's three principles for the win!
Permalink Bored Bystander 
March 9th, 2012 12:33pm
Fields Medal. Kidding, kidding... I have no goals, I simply enjoy what I do and believe that my work is important in some fundamental sense :)
Permalink s7h_black 
March 9th, 2012 12:35pm
1. Make an obscenely amount of money in a ridiculously short period of time. Preferably in a legal way :D
2. Stick it out as a programmer until #1
Permalink Io 
March 9th, 2012 12:58pm
to go with the flow as I am sucked into devops and other random sysadmin tasks,  mainly cuz I know vi.
Permalink Send private email didz 
March 9th, 2012 3:37pm
It is Friday afternoon. Right now, long term is after 5pm (or sooner if the boss goes home earlier).
Permalink Peter 
March 9th, 2012 4:30pm
If I may ask, how old are you Steve?
Permalink sierra 
March 10th, 2012 12:17am
Long term career goal: Retire and never work again.
Permalink Fan boy 
March 10th, 2012 12:30am
Permalink Steve 
March 10th, 2012 12:33am
"3. Don't work for assholes"

Excellent goal.
Permalink Steve 
March 10th, 2012 12:34am
Although 20 years younger, i totally share Fan boy's goal :)
Permalink Io 
March 10th, 2012 1:20am
+10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 for the 3 rules of xampl9
Permalink DanielChein 
March 10th, 2012 12:51pm
"1. Write good code"

Correct!  This is something you are 100% in control of.  You will also need to put aside some "me time" to develop your professional skills.

"2. Create products people want to buy"

A good idea, but I think this either requires an attitude that many developers don't want or it is an innate skill that many don't have.

99.99% of developers don't seem to care about the customer.  This is where they are killing their future!

"3. Don't work for assholes"

Very true and very hard.  Great managers, employers and companies seem to be harder and harder to find.

I will add...

4. If you can't embrace 1, 2 and 3 110% then get your MBA and go into management :-)

5. If you get your MBA and go into management work hard at being #3.  It will insure that you get the best people, get things done and are a success.
Permalink . (the other .) 
March 10th, 2012 5:21pm
My career goals for the next 3 years are as follows:

1.) Continue to refine my working knowledge of code crafting and understanding

2.) Persuade a company to allow me to develop and lead a 2 year internally funded R&D software development effort

3.) Eventually changed careers from software developer to educator in training others in the craft
Permalink Send private email Brice Richard 
March 11th, 2012 3:04am
Hey Brice

How much experience do you have writing multithreaded code?
Permalink Dr. Horrorwitz 
March 11th, 2012 6:01am
Multithreaded code is easy.
Permalink Quant 
March 11th, 2012 10:10am
Exactly my point.

Brice wants to teach people programming, but he doesn't even master the easy stuff himself.
Permalink Dr. Horrorwitz 
March 11th, 2012 10:51am
While I've kicked the tires on multi-threading, I've not formally coded an application where multi-threading has been used.

While I admit that coding skill set is not one of my strong suits, I am also aware that I typically craft small-scale solutions where multi-threading is typically not needed.

However, that does not mean that I am not open to learning how to effectively learn that skill. I am familiar with the Parallel Task Library in .Net that addresses this issue.
Permalink Send private email Brice Richard 
March 14th, 2012 7:05am

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