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Where do Software Engineers go when they die ?

 
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With all these discussions refering to someone with 4 years experience as mid-career, I would like to know what happens to software engineers at the end of the career 10 years I guess. Do they retire at 30 or do something else ?
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Originally posted by Tony Collins:
With all these discussions refering to someone with 4 years experience as mid-career, I would like to know what happens to software engineers at the end of the career 10 years I guess. Do they retire at 30 or do something else ?
Tony


Let's see. I'm 45 and working as a 'J2EE engineer', so I guess I haven't retired. I'm no longer a 'senior SE', just a plain SE. In salary at least. When I got out onto my project the project management immediately dropped me into a team lead slot. So for now they're getting senior services at a bargain price.
We get to go to interviews where people younger than us instruct us on the best methods to suck eggs. Or quiz us on our detailed knowledge of the currently approved methods of egg-sucking, and scorn us for stupidity when we show any ignorance. Bit of a dual-standard here, as they often don't hold younger engineers to quite the same standards of knowledge.
In the case of one MH, he seems to hold that the details of certain algorithms which are used at most a few times a year are of central importance and must be held in the mind at all times lest one be deemed an incompetent.
Management psychology is an interesting thing indeed....
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Originally posted by Alfred Neumann:

In the case of one MH, he seems to hold that the details of certain algorithms which are used at most a few times a year are of central importance and must be held in the mind at all times lest one be deemed an incompetent.


Please do not misquote me. I claim that knowledge of algorithms and data structures correlates highly to strong developers. There is a big difference between that, and what you wrote.
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I did not quote you at all. At most I paraphrased your stated views, which I find rather risible.
I have no idea whether the people you found weak in interview actually are weak. But your stated criteria are - narrow. Just as well I'm not job-searching in Boston, as we'll not come face to face.
 
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Originally posted by Alfred Neumann:
I did not quote you at all. At most I paraphrased your stated views


You paraphrased them incorrectly as i noted above.
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They will be garbage-collected.
Now, IMHO, software engineers, unlike in other white-collar jobs, need not get a promotion or a higher position after doing n years of software engineering. I have worked with many middle-aged software engineers and some of them had plans to retire as software engineers (senior software engineers, may be). Well, if someone is keen about going up the 'foodchain', they could go the normal route (.. architect, senior architect, CEO or what ever) and he/she can redo the last couple of positions of this list by switching to bigger IT firms/setups.
 
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Hi,
I thought they would go to Software Heaven!
In their heaven, Software Engineers will surrounded with software, all kinds and creeds. God will tell them: "God Damned! Would you make some senses out of those?"
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MCao
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They go to management! (They become managers)
 
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They will be garbage-collected.


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