Career is a marathon not a sprint?

Qualtrics bjinoffice
May 30 15 Comments

Do you folks as engineers ever feel like pushing your career aggressively in terms of trying to get to the highest level in the shortest time seems like a marginal return as far as cost involved (extra hours, playing politics etc) meaning if I just do great work as a engineer and grow, after 10-15 years I'll still be very well off from title to compensation.

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  • Google / Eng Msad61
    If you’re not retired by 20, it wasn’t worth it in the first place.
    May 30 1
    • New NHwH15
      I retired at 10. But good on you Mr slow
      May 30
  • New
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    May 30 1
  • Neurocrine D.Trump
    Yes, I feel it's marginal returns. If I spend most of my time in my 20s and 30s pushing through career, I am gaining more money but I am losing 2 things:
    1. Youth years to create memories and relationships
    2. Health

    I want to grow at a decent pace because my goal is to have a "balanced" life in terms of money, personal relationships, health, pursuing hobbies, some volunteering, etc.
    May 30 2
    • Qualtrics bjinoffice
      OP
      This is my thinking exactly, theres more to life as far as developing as a human being than just chasing more TC. I see a lot of people that have money and they buy stuff only to have no one to share it with so they post on social media etc.
      May 30
    • Neurocrine D.Trump
      Sad
      May 30
  • Cruise Automation bkyle
    Unfortunately there is rampant ageism in Tech. With today's culture I'm not sure it's possible to still be in this industry after 40. At least I'm not planning on it.

    So that gives you about 16 - 17 years of career to get to the top. After that it better be retirement because
    May 30 2
    • Qualtrics bjinoffice
      OP
      Thank you for a reasonable response, that makes sense.
      May 30
    • Qualtrics bjinoffice
      OP
      Its hard to see ageism when you're in your 20's
      May 30
  • Amazon broke&dumb
    You're delusional, OP.
    But if the delusion is helping you, it's ok. Just like religion.
    May 30 0
  • Qualtrics bjinoffice
    OP
    Non of you guys read my post I literally said you keep doing great work. The whole point is not everyone will become a VP or director or even a technical fellow, and for each one of those there are hundreds if not thousands of high level seniors. I'm saying is being a high level senior/principal enough?
    May 30 0
  • Target / Eng tmDe33
    It's more of an epic or story
    May 30 0
  • Adobe cmRX07
    How great will your work be 15 years from now if you don’t put in the hours needed to deliver at those senior levels
    May 30 0
  • Workday / Product str
    I hope people who keep dishing out this quote have actually run a marathon. 😭
    May 30 0