Staying technical?19 February 2023 · Filed in Platform Development
For the aspiring career go-getter, the obvious path to getting a higher paid job is management.
In my career I followed the path of,
- Field Engineer
- Server Engineer
- Infrastructure Engineer
- Senior Infrastructure Engineer
- Support Team Leader
Each step I earned myself a pay rise. However, that last step, team leader, not very good at it, to be honest.
Sure I liked the salary increase, but the role came with a lot of changes to how I work, how I relate to my team mates, how I relate to other mangers, and even the level of hands on.
My then boss, and I, both agreed I should step down from the role. But this would cost me the salary increase.
What to do?
I had seen others in my field getting technical jobs within an IT consultancy. I had also heard of IT contractors. There was of course the side hustle route as well.
So, What did I do? I found a contact in recruitment to help me get a contract. Not a short contract either. A 6 month contract. Does that sound short? I guess it is in a way, but my “perm” job had 1 month notice, just like the contract did.
This gave me the work/life balance, income and satisfaction I was looking for. Sure there was a lot to learn,
- Self Assessment
- How to run a limited company
I had several people to turn to, as well as some mistakes I made along the way.
If you are thinking about contracting, come talk to me. I have been through the journey and can answer questions you may have.
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