Career Goals (What’s next?)

New MwWp06
Aug 17, 2018 8 Comments

I’m a senior iOS/Android engineer in my mid-twenties who’s been working at established startups (15-50 people) in a large Midwest city.

I’m trying to figure out what I should be striving for in my career. What have you all done that’s been really rewarding?

Some ideas I’m considering:
1. Stay on my current path, help my current company grow, own the app I’m working on, and become a leader as we add more people
2. Pursue remote work, and give the digital nomad lifestyle a shot
3. Work toward founding my own startup
4. Get a job at Evil Corp and rake in the high salary and benefits
5. ??

Thanks in advance for your insight

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  • AKQA cCsN00
    Where do you want to grow as a practitioner? What opportunities would you like to pursue (personally / professionally / both)? Where do you want to live? What do you value ? (Start with the last one and go from there)
    Aug 17, 2018 3
    • Google Eating
      What if I just want to make money $$$
      Aug 17, 2018
    • New MwWp06
      OP
      I like the procedural way of thinking about this. These are things I need to think about more, but my initial response...

      What do I value? I value working on a project that I believe has a positive impact on people, and one where the team wants to make it as genuinely good as it can be. I also value making meaningful connections with others. I noticed I tend to be more people-oriented than a lot of my peers.

      Where do I want to live? I do really like where I’m at, but I could be talked into moving. I don’t care too much right now.

      What opportunities do I want to pursue? That’s what I’m genuinely trying to figure out. I think my relative inexperience is showing.

      Where do I want to grow? I want to polish my technical expertise in delivering quality products without any “holes” and I want to develop my ability to lead teams and shape company culture
      Aug 17, 2018
    • AKQA cCsN00
      Great self-awareness. Now go find companies that fit your values!
      Aug 17, 2018
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    You could always look for a larger company with a bigger user base.
    Aug 17, 2018 1
    • New MwWp06
      OP
      Good point. Having a larger user base will make what I’m doing more impactful and it’ll challenge me to make better, more wholistic engineering decisions
      Aug 17, 2018
  • Leanplum HankyPanky
    Where do you want to be in 5 years?
    Which of those options takes you there?
    Aug 17, 2018 1
    • New MwWp06
      OP
      That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I feel like figuring out a path to a goal is very doable, but when the goal is hazy it’s harder. I feel like I’m just drifting through my career right now
      Aug 17, 2018