What happens to developers who never go into management?

What if you never take that promotion?

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Option #1 — The Specialist

The majority of developers out there work on fairly standard technologies and learn skills which are shared with many others in the industry. But tech is a broad field, and there are many jobs for which the specialist is much more useful than the generalist.

Option #2 — The Super Developer

The expression ‘super developer’ is contentious, as it is sometimes used to refer to programmers so talented and intelligent that they border on the mythical. Still, there are developers who simply go on learning for the entirety of their careers yet never go into management nor specialise in niche fields. And the fact is that these people are simply really, really good.

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Option #3 — The Legacy Developer

The only essential difference between the ‘legacy developer’ and the ‘super developer’ we described above is that the former, at some point in their career, has stopped learning. Or at least, they substantially slowed down the pace at which they learn new things. In the fast-paced world of tech, this means that their skills have (or inevitably will) become obsolete.

Option #4 — The Career Switcher

Not everyone who works in the editorial industry has to be a writer, and likewise, not everyone who works in tech has to be a developer. In fact, there is an entire constellation of jobs that surrounds the coding industry. One example is provided of course by our very own school, which employs professionals providing all sorts of services to students who are learning to code (admissions, careers, community support). Not all of these professionals are developers themselves, but all are expected to have an understanding of coding and the tech industry.

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