No degree, close to max TC in London, what next?
I’m a self taught engineer who has managed to hustle his way over the past 3 years (total professional experience in various companies, 10 years non-professional) into a non-FAANG senior engineer position in London with some management responsibilities. I’m making around 90k GBP a year and I have a fantastic WLB with a very flexible WFH policy and an outcome-focused work environment (which means I chill most of the time but can put in hours for deadlines and other important milestones).
My question is, what next? I feel like it’s difficult to earn more than 90k as an engineer unless you’re doing low-latency stuff in finance or if you’re senior in a FAANG company. Is my next career step to move to NYC or something? I hear it’s hard to get into FAANG companies without a degree, so maybe I should rule them out.