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fauna-brecht • Edited on

I personally don't really have such a planning. I don't have a plan in the technical sense, which shows in my career since I've done way too many very different things. If anything, my plan is to work for a company where:

  • I have the feeling that my work is appreciated.
  • I have the feeling I contribute to something
  • the software the company makes has an impact.
  • what I do makes me happy (education does)
  • I get challenged
  • I do not get frustrated on how things go too often.
  • I don't want to be in a box of doing one particular thing.

I guess I'm part of that purpose driven generation: entrepreneur.com/article/346519

I can find all of this at my current job and how I typically look at my future career is that I hope to keep finding this at the company where I work. If that changes my first attempt would be to fix it within the current company. If not I will start looking elsewhere.
In essence, I don't have a grand scheme of where I want to end up in 5 years, I just go with the flow and as long as my work makes me happy, I'm good :). For example, I never envisioned to become a Developer Advocate, it just happened, that decision was taken within one week.

Is this a good idea? Probably not but it worked out fine for me. The downside is that if I am looking for jobs I look for the kind that require you to know a lot of things since I'm obviously not suitable for the kind of job where you need to have 5 years of experience in Svelte (I know, only exists since 3 years, but sometimes the people who write these job descriptions don't know :D). That said, if a specific type of work is your thing and you want to go zone into that one thing, it's a good idea to have a plan on how you will become an expert in it and work towards that while making sure you stay relevant and keep up to date with new technologies.

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Wow, great response