The fork in the career path

Some companies aren’t on board with that tweet. I still see a lot of:

  • “Tech Lead Manager” job openings (focus on neither by focusing on both, very smart!)
  • Expecting so-called Engineering Managers to own the architecture or tech strategy (what are Staff Engineers for?)
  • Cultural vibes that management is a step up from IC instead of a parallel track (which makes should-be-ICs feel like they have to manage to progress).

I agree with the tweet: at a certain point you have to choose. But choosing only works if you’re at a company that sees value in the choice.

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