Career stagnation and burnout

Oct 4, 2019 19 Comments

Hi blinders, let me whine a bit. As a new grad I joined biggest IT corp in my country. I had a lot of energy to learn and climb the ladder. At the age of 25 I was a Lead Developer and had my own project. I thought my career would continue as great as it started.

Political situation in my country got out of control and I seeked ways to escape. Pretty quickly I landed a Software Engineer position in EU company and moved. That was first downgrade for me. In my home country I was among 0.5% earners, but accepted pretty average offer just to get to EU. In 2 years I got Senior Developer and at the age of 28 I was at the same point in my career I was at 25.

As a last move I joined MS chasing TC and prestige. Now I’m SDE ll. I feel stuck in my career and have zero motivation to do stuff. My manager says I’m lacking communication skills to get promoted. I feel like I reached my ceiling and this frustrates me. I lack confidence and constantly question my own words. I feel like I don’t know anything, my LC is in a horrible state. I’m afraid of third party assessment of my skills and don’t understand how to advance my career and unstuck myself.

Tell me about your successful careers so that I can cry over your comments.

TC: 150k eur

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TOP 19 Comments
  • Oracle Sockets
    Dude. It is called a peak. You had all burners on and peaked early. Now you must come to terms that you are going to have to fly at a lower altitude
    Oct 4, 2019 1
    • Disney Streaming Services yabu
      This. Enjoy life and keep doing what you do best.
      Oct 4, 2019
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    You chase TC and prestige, but went to MS? lmao

    Also, TC or GTFO.
    Oct 4, 2019 4
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      you know Google and FB have EU offices right? You're telling me MS offers higher TC than them in EU?
      Oct 4, 2019
    • Microsoft mfkc
      OP
      FB is in London, I didn’t consider UK for immigration. I know about Google but got offer only from MS. Google offers same money as MS, I have friends that work there.
      Oct 4, 2019
  • SAP dsug
    How old are you now? 150K Euros is not a small sum. It's a pretty good salary in EU, I'd think. So, at least salary-wise, you may not be doing as bad as you think.
    Oct 4, 2019 6
    • Microsoft mfkc
      OP
      I realize I have nothing to complain about. Place is good and I kinda like it. Friends are in other cities (countries) but at least they exist. However my life is 90% work or trying to figure out what to do to nail my career. Nothing makes sense except this.
      Oct 4, 2019
    • SAP dsug
      Good to know. Maybe check out a career coach or mentor then, within or outside MS. They may be able to provide some useful perspectives or insights to get you going.
      Oct 4, 2019
  • Apple iCould
    Are you in MS Denmark?
    Oct 4, 2019 2
    • Microsoft mfkc
      OP
      I’d prefer not to specify country for anonymity.
      Oct 4, 2019
    • ARM / Other lllllllIII
      Russia to Switzerland? It’s quite important info to get for future advice. Some Eastern European’s are known for bad communication.
      Oct 4, 2019
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    • Google Woolf
      I thought they still use the Lira? OP quoted TC in Euros
      Oct 4, 2019
  • Google Woolf
    Tip on communication: Learn to be clear and concise.
    Oct 4, 2019 0

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