Questions about excelling in one's current position.

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How can I leverage or 'selling' small-scope skills in a large-scope-heavy environment?

I've been working for 15 years at a mid-size company (300-400 engineers) doing a mix of embedded software / signal processing / controls engineering / circuit design. And an event has occurred ...
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Computer Science graduate. Master or full-time job? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a Master's worth it? I have just gotten my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and I have to make choice. Whether to continue with my full-time job I just got or ...
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How can I transition out of a maintenance-only job? [duplicate]

After I started working at a company, I found out that the job is to maintain a software product. Most of the work that I'm doing is finding and fixing bugs. It's not easy work. However, there is no ...
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How can a maintenance-only programmer get a raise?

I have been working as a maintenance programmer for a couple of years and am wondering if there is such a thing as a raise for maintenance programmer? I ask because responsibilities don't get wider, ...
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What is needed for a self-taught developer to be able to move into senior-level and leadership positions?

I'm a self-taught developer that currently has more than enough experience to hold up against my colleagues waving their degrees. Still, I feel that I'm lacking some important skills to advance into ...
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What is the typical career path for a Software Development Manager?

What does the career path of a Software Development Manager typically look like, in terms of years of experience, education, professional background, and so on?
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How competitive are Software Engineering startup jobs?

Background: I've worked in a quantitative financial consulting position for the past 4-5 years (financial modeling with Matlab, VBA, Excel mostly). I have a degree in Computer Science (BA) and Math ...
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Graduate expectations versus reality [closed]

When choosing what we want to study, and do with our careers and lives, we all have some expectations of what it is going to be like. Now that I've been in the industry for almost a decade, I've been ...
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Specializing in a Vendor Software Package - am I putting my career at risk?

So, I have this opportunity to specialize in a vendor software package (like SAS, SAP, PeopleSoft, Pega, Lombardi BPM...). You know the deal - they need a coder to learn their package and "there's ...
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How often are the unfortunate stereotypes associated with older techies true? [closed]

How often are the unfortunate stereotypes associated with older techies true? When people get settled into a career--Do people lose their passion to learn new things? Do people get comfortable and ...