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Discussion on: Software Career Anti-Patterns: Career Development by Coincidence

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Erik Dietrich Author

Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you like the posts.

One of the simplest ways I can think of to decide what's worth learning would be to talk to one's line manager and just explicitly ask. Like, if you're a Software Engineer III, you can ask if there are any additional skills you could develop that would help build the case for Software Engineer IV or something. The answer to that might often be "no, nothing specific, just more time/experience," but you might get something useful out of that conversation.

If not that, maybe looking for higher pay/title positions at other companies, and seeing if there's some skill they're consistently looking for that you lack.