Feels like it’s wrong to be an experienced dev who loves dev.
“With your experience, you could be doing these tech designs or writing docs or managing a team or...”
“No thanks, I like devving”
“You have no career ambition!”
“Wrong. I want to be a better dev who actually does dev work.”
@mkflint So much this; I don’t think I have the right temperament to be a manager but I love _building_ things, and I’m always looking for ways to be better at that and all the other “soft” skills that are so important to be a good dev.
I also really enjoy mentoring less experienced devs (been at this for 20 years now) because it’s a great way to increase your impact, just wish I had more opportunities to do that right now since my entire team is mid/senior folks.
@mkflint I've thought this for a while, and I still think this is how I'm going to be in years when this comes up.
No, I'm bad at managing people, and I don't want to.
I'm doing development because I'm good at it and enjoy it. Let me be where I'm contributing and like being!
@mkflint Well, on the one hand, companies should offer two paths, for example specialist and management.
On the other hand, at least from my experience, companies have a way harder time to find project managers, that also know their subject, than finding specialists. So it's kinda natural for them to ask all of their capable staff to move into management roles. :D