Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
What do you want to do in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Which job better prepares you for those goals with the guidance, experience, training and connections it provides?
5-10 years from now - On my own, working with multiple clients and contributing technically. I don't want to be project manager working for a single company and copleting MS Project or MS excel sheets. I would rather come up with a unique solution for a tech problem. Would love to do some teaching at some point of time.
20 years from now - Frankly, I don't know. I am unable to see how software industry will shape up then. But if I manage to do well with my 10 years plan, I might have a small company of my own with some reputation. Dunno!!!
Well, this is what I would want to do in next X years, but I am unable to decide what decision will get me closer to my goal, somehow I lack that perspective or insight. And this is where I need help...
As of now I am single, so I can afford to take risk, I wont be able to do it once I get married. In that case I think I would have to follow the usual PM path. I sense that my inclnation is towards consuting at this point, but would like to know from ppl who have worked like this for some time what precautions I need to take while going for it. How do you typically manage interactions and what back-up plans do you have? How is it to be on your own? Esp in those "in-between" periods?