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Which of the two career options would you pick?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by TuckerSon, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. TuckerSon

    TuckerSon Active Member

    Feb 9, 2012

    I have a question regarding career and business. I have two options: I either try to make a career at a multinational as a Software Engineer and grow from there to a Softwarearchitec / IT Consultant. I will be able to develop my knowledge (get lot’s of IT trainings, courses, certificates) and lot’s of different skills and I will have challenging projects. I will work about 50-60 hours a week.

    The second option is to work for a Small and medium enterprises (or government) as a Software- or Network Engineer. Since budget is tight I have less opportunity to develop my knowledge (lower paced) and skills and will have projects that are sometimes challenging but mostly it will just be okay. I will work about 40-45 hours a week.
    Next to that I’m starting up my own business in real estate. I’ll be studying for broker in the evenings and I’ll work as a broker for a brokerage a few hours in the weekends. After I did that for a while I’ll be able to get a loan (from my job as a Software-/Network Engineer) and I’m going to fix up houses in the evenings and weekends and rent them.

    What are your thoughts about making a career at a multinational vs working at a SME and have an own business in real estate?
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2012
  2. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

    Feb 19, 2007
    San Francisco
    First option. Get as much training and knowledge as you canand then re-evaulate your career.
  3. Calnell

    Calnell Member

    Mar 22, 2012
    Bay Area
  4. Flambeur

    Flambeur Senior member

    Mar 19, 2008
    First option. Don't get distracted by real estate and all that - there will be time for that later should you choose to pursue it.

    Seriously, give corporate world a chance and commit to putting all of your effort into making it, choose #1. If that doesn't work, adjust accordingly.

    By choosing #2 you're more likely to fail or to remain average at everything - you won't make any kind of a real career in real estate because you'll be doing it part time, and you won't have the best career options or be able to put in a full effort when it comes to your full-time job.
  5. herfitup

    herfitup Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2012
    Boston-Providence suburbs
    I've worked in IT for 30 years. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up but I've never missed a meal (as I tell my kids and my tailor can attest). I did a lot of consulting, worked in product development and moved back into professional services. As long as you keep up with technology and have a half decent personality you can't be outsource from a customer-facing role. There is a huge shortage of IT people with a personality. Get all the training you can while you are young and your employer is paying for it.

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