I see lots of articles on what you should do in 20s. So I want to learn what late 30 should do career wise. I work at Cisco as a Product Manager making about 200K per year. (Senior Manager)
Here is my question. I feel that making to a director level is pretty hard due to politics and luck (although I just need one promotion.) I am worried if I stay longer in Cisco that might be wasting my time. Things are moving slow and I am not learning much. Moving to other renowned companies seem hard and even if I do, I will have to downgrade. After MBA, I got three promos in Cisco but Amazon recruiter contacts me for Level 6 which is what you get after MBA.
Should I move to large renowned firms (e.g. FAANGM) with downgrade? Or should I move to smaller firm with more responsibility? Both will be challenging but I would like to spend some time to think about during the shutdown.
Any advice for late 30 non engineer would be beneficial. (Any book, course, networking event, side gig, career change, etc.) FYI, I am married and have CS bachelor and MBA. Thank you in advance.
Also, let’s assume you stuck it out and made director. There’s no guarantee this type company would want to interview you as an L7 even after that promo - we tend to care less about title than demonstrated results, so if that changes drastically maybe you have a better shot.
Lastly, don’t get stuck on the ‘L6 is only for new MBAs part. That’s far from true. L6 has a huge range (in scope and comp) at Amazon. MBA hires come from elite programs and obviously starr at the bottom of that range. Most of the L6s I’ve hired have 5+ experience post-MBA, and in some cases quite a bit more, so you wouldn’t be out of place as an L6 on my team at least.