I have not considered a career in SRE because I like to come up with solutions to problems customers/users deal with directly. As a Mechanical Engineer, I wanted to do the same thing. I feel like SRE is more like maintenance/utilities is for ME which I have never been interested in.
I still have a lot to learn though, so we’ll see ☺️
I would say SRE is more analogous to industrial engineering than ME; it can be almost overwhelmingly broad in scope. It isn't user-focused in the feature development-sense, but there is a high focus on UX (latency, reliability, etc).
Sounds like you are suited to be a Solutions Architect 🚀
It seems like you're on a great path with your more user-facing work!
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