What do you think is the best way to advance your career?

What do you think is the best way to advance your career?

  • Stick with the same company

    Votes: 11 6.5%
  • Switch jobs every few years

    Votes: 68 40.0%
  • Find a job and get hired abroad

    Votes: 36 21.2%
  • The only way is to become an entrepreneur

    Votes: 55 32.4%

  • Total voters
    170

MartinGB

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What do you think is the best way to advance your career?
 

ShaunSA

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Not sure why it isn't an option. Plenty of women and some men have used it successfully
 

krycor

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Besides joining a decent company which actually works on new tech & challenging things, assuming you at it.. figure out who is good and a hangout with them. Simple as that.. opportunity generally follows which may not be with the group either but exposure leads elsewhere.

An alternative, if you can’t get it via work, is to join as-hoc groups (pre covid professional group meetups started taking off) which give exposure and access to professionals in your sphere. Basically networking while exposing self to new experiences .. in IT this can also be augmented with random open source projects in a skill you want exposure to.

In the past, decade or more, the opportunity to do this was squandered by jobs & access to higher education which in SA also correlated to hiring practice.. but lately things have flipped quite a bit but still limited by ability to find time & fund lifestyle. Not easiest thing to do on the finance end if you not working or living with parents (if unemployed student) and have tools required. On the time end, you limited by predictability of day job.

If you want to know why SA is screwed.. it’s not entirely due to politics but that most people’s end goal is to gain enough funding and experience to leave.. not to stay. In part this is result of economy stagnation but also that after years of companies acting as gate keepers.. it’s now flipped where anyone decent goes “why would I want to be in in SA?”
 

saor

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This is about as stupid a question as asking what's the best way to make supper.
 

eg2505

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be an ANC tendaprenuer and the right colour.
oh and being the cousins second sister from your granny's side wont hurt as well.
 

konfab

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1st prize: your current employment offers good growth potential and there are regular opportunities for growth.
2nd prize: if no opportunities happen within a reasonable amount of time, then getting another job is the only way. This opens new opportunities for anyone below you.

Pictured below is a rare photograph of developers lining up when a team lead jumps ship.
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Edit:
Personal experience here: you also have to put your hand up and tell management that you want an opportunity if one presents itself.
 
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