The question: Where next when end-to-end ends?
I am 39 and have worked for large financial firms since graduating. I develop software, from gathering user requirements through technical design, development and on to delivery and support. Following a company merger, such end-to-end involvement in projects is no longer possible and I am unsure where to go next. Should I reskill in .net and look for development roles, or should I focus on technical architect roles?
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The solution: Consultancies may prove interesting
You are at an interesting crossroads. I suspect there is a weather change on end-to-end development. Certainly within the financial sector, where there are a lot of acquisitions and mergers occurring, it would be surprising if your reskilling changed the fact that this kind of work is no longer going to be open to you.
Demand remains high for technical architects. All companies use them, and the role would be far higher paid than your current position as it requires stronger technical skills.
The financial corporates have been interesting to watch over the past nine months. The types of roles we have been seeing have veered towards the business-focused architect, rather than traditional programmers. This suggests that even if you were to cross-train to .net your position would not be any stronger.
A move into the consultancies might be interesting. They are taking on more of the end-to-end work for a range of companies and you could even find yourself developing for your old company.
Consultancies are keen to recruit individuals with good business experience. You could work on site for a period or simply be involved in a number of different projects. Generally speaking, the variety is greater and the pay better. Well worth a look.
Solution by Tracey Abbott, divisional director, Zarak Group
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