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Thread: Career advice: switching from small business to corporate job

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    Lightbulb Career advice: switching from small business to corporate job

    I need a career advice regarding working as a senior software engineer
    in a corporation.

    I am a java developer and I have always worked as employee in very
    small flat-hierarchy companies or as founder in 2-3 people startups.
    As such, I am used to take care of a very diverse range of issues
    apart from code development, from requirements gathering to technology
    R&D, database design, system administration, integration etc.

    My guess is that if I had chosen a career path in a big corporation, I
    would have focused more on programming and I would have learned a more
    specialized skill set, big team methodologies (?), and gathered much
    more experience as developer rather than do-all.

    Now I am 38 years old, I have 13 years of working experience in Italy,
    and would like to try a new challenge moving towards a corporate job
    in Europe or North/South America. I would like to know your opinion
    and advice regarding how to do this.

    I wonder if my flexibility could be appreciated in that environment or
    if I have to start from a junior position because I am not
    specialized.
    Also I am thinking if I should pursue a management position, where a
    horizontal rather then vertical knowledge would be needed, but I have
    the drawback of not knowing the corporate culture and mindset.

    Thank you very much for your attention.


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    Default Re: Career advice: switching from small business to corporate job

    In my limited experience, diverse knowledge is never a bad thing. Even in a big corporation you're probably going to be working as a part of a smallish team, or on a few different teams at a time. If you can be the database guy AND the code guy, you've just made yourself twice as valuable to the company.

    Of course it completely depends on the company, but I would expect your breadth of knowledge and especially your experience managing other people would be pretty big selling points for you.

    You might want to email a couple companies that you're interested in and get their take on it though, anything we say is just a guess.

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: Career advice: switching from small business to corporate job

    also you might want to condition your lips cause from my experience corp. jobs require a good amount of butt kissing and ive also found that most here in the US want you to have a BS degree in computer science or so with your experience...good luck though

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    Default Re: Career advice: switching from small business to corporate job

    Aledino,
    The quickest way to get your foot in the door with any corporate company is to start off on contract. The company I recruit for uses contractors first before hiring them on as FTE's. They like to "try before they buy." You can negotiate a solid rate for yourself and add at least a year of corporate experience to your resume.

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    Default Re: Career advice: switching from small business to corporate job

    Hey Rachel,

    It's awesome that you're giving career advice, but watch the dates on the posts you're replying to. This is 6 months old, which is pretty ancient in internet-time (and since this is the OP's only post, I would bet he's not watching this forum anymore). Replying to a thread bumps it to the top, above more recent posts, which can bury people looking for help now.
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    Default Re: Career advice: switching from small business to corporate job

    Hey Kevin,

    I appreciate the feedback. Just as I received an e-mail about your reply, he will receive a notification of mine. I've hired candidates that have posted on forums up to a year old...in my line of work, that candidate that wasn't a fit 6 months maybe a fit now. Not to mention others who may see my post and will message about potential opportunities. I am working diligently to respond to as many career-related threads as I can.

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