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Arjun Abhishek
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Joined: Jul 08, 2008
Posts: 57
Hi All,

I need advice on my next career move.

I'm currently working for a product based company as Software engineer in Solutions teams. My current job includes developing POC with existing product for customer requirements, add additional features to products that product team would have not incorporated in the product yet for various reason. (Our code might be replaced once product team agrees to incorporate these features.) and integrate the products with other 3rd party products to show the value addition our product brings to customer.

I have got 2 offers right now. Both are from start up companies. One of them is Senior solution engineer. JD is same as my current profile. The other is for product development but in different domain. This job seems to be like some site development.

My objective of job change is to improve my coding skills and get very good understanding of technologies.

I would like to know

1. If joining a start up is good idea?
2. Being a solution engineer I would get breath in technologies, but not the depth. Is is good in a long run for a developer.
3. Being a server side programmer for past 3.5 years (mostly in core Java and xml), How would being in a site development help me?

Or should I dump these offer and look for other openings. Basically I need to know if these jobs would satisfy my objectives.

Thanks and regards
Akram Chotu
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Joined: Apr 18, 2006
Posts: 43
1. If joining a start up is good idea?

working in startup is good for reasons like
a. you get visibility of your work quickly compared to big companies
b. you would get good pay
but the flip side is you could have no work life balance when you are married with children which I suppose is not in your case

2. Being a solution engineer I would get breath in technologies, but not the depth. Is is good in a long run for a developer.

bread and depth are dependent on what is your next assignment. Say you gained good depth in your current company/assignment then there is no guarantee that your technology-depth skills are required in your next assignment with a new company unless if you really sure that you want to really use your technology-depth skills in next assignment

3. Being a server side programmer for past 3.5 years (mostly in core Java and xml), How would being in a site development help me?

again, it depends on what your interests are ? say after 7 years from now would you still love technology the same way you are doing now ? in the long run you want to be as an architect or a manager ? what is your passion ? where your passion lies ? technology ? management ?

Or should I dump these offer and look for other openings. Basically I need to know if these jobs would satisfy my objectives.

you decide. after all these years of experience, all I can say is that , if you want to be in technology side, as an architect but not as an architect then you need to have passion for good debugging skills, love technology like hell etc.
Arjun Abhishek
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Joined: Jul 08, 2008
Posts: 57
Hi

Thanks for your input.

I wish to stick to the technology side than management.

I still need more info on being a solution engineer. Will SDLC be followed by a solution engineer. (I was said that each solution will take at most 3 weeks to complete.) Will product based companies in future consider my profile as a product developer. Does choosing this profile reduce my chances in the future.

Thanks and regards
 
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