Most common way to become a director/VP ?

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(I am having only one year of experience and I am learning)
I am asking this question to understand how did those people reach where they are.
I agree that there are many ways and every way is **hard**, I am looking at **most common ways**

I see that many dev managers/senior dev managers are taking a lot of time (around more than 7 years) to become a director.

Is becoming a Product Manager/Program Manager one of the common ways?
Is MBA useful?

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  • Google anne🧬
    Schmoozing and politics.

    Build your network, make sure every position you get into, you have a sponsor that both likes you and helps you grow and has credibility to push you forward. Then figure out their interests and how you can make their interests a reality.
    Jan 18 1
    • Northrop Grumman wiz🧙🏻‍♂️
      Best advice. Leave whatever you’re doing if your manager doesn’t fuck with u
      Jan 18
  • Microsoft 10c5292v
    It's probably easier being an engineering director vs PM director because there are many more engineers vs One. Senior IC > EM > Director
    Jan 18 0
  • Amazon zboubby
    IC path is the hardest path but the best path.

    Dev -> Sr Dev -> principal engineer -> Sr Principal -> Distinguished Engineer

    Not for pussiez though. Ladies welcome.
    Jan 18 0
  • Workday xyz9
    Why stop at VP? Why not C level executives? Aim higher! Build your own company and be your own boss, that's the hardest, quickest and most rewarding way. Even if you fail, you learn a lot.
    Jan 18 0
  • LinkedIn UiUw57
    Kissing ass. Making using less charts. Being Indian.
    Jan 19 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Engineering is an easier track, because there are typically more engineers and engineering management than PMs and PM management.
    Jan 19 4
    • Amazon zboubby
      PM-T get hired out of school as L6.
      Jan 19
    • Microsoft 10c5292v
      I would tend to agree with this.
      Jan 19
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    futurecop

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    Thank you everyone for sharing your views 😊
    Jan 19 0

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