Stuck with a developer role for the past 8 years. I'm in my current company for 5.5 years. My biggest mistake was probably not quitting this shit station early on and instead succumbing to workplace politics.
Most of my mates/ex-colleagues are now Principals, Sr. Managers or Directors. I have a strong interest towards a leadership role but the offers that I get from outside are only for a dev/sr dev role.
If I stay here I wouldn't see myself grow into a manager for at least another 2.5 years. How do I get out of this coder role and progress towards what I want to do in my life.
Your only options for fast move to management are
a) staying in current company, push for move into mavagement, stay 2-3 years in management role and then you may be able to move to different company as manager
b) move as dev to fast growing company (>40% yoy growth) and convert there as growth creates opportunities