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An anonymous reader writes: I've been happily working in a small team of great people on scientific research software, but our funding dried up. Then in the 11th hour, it seems I'm not being let go after all — for another year at least.

Assuming the worst, I went for interviews and had an offer — but not in the city where I have my small family. So when my old boss (himself a generous, if eccentric engineer trying to retire) offered me a gig making use of my fading EE skills, I accepted. Recently, he caught me by surprise — saying his small (< 10) business servicing the energy sector would do better if I represented it.

What does Slashdot think of jumping way outside your comfort zone by considering such a drastic (premature for late 20s?) career jump? His rationale is, "if I can do it, you can too". And what of research software vs industrial/EE?
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  • As an EE myself I was asked to move over into general technical management, including part time release to work on standards and our industry body. It was the best thing I ever did. If you despise PHBs and you get the opportunity, show them how it should be done! But make sure you get sent on courses and, preferably, learn the required management skills, by distance learning if necessary.

    If you ever return to software, the stuff you will learn doing management will prove of tremendous value - I do not mean

  • Skilled generalists are usually worth much more than specialists. They rarely have trouble staying employed, even in downturns. Does the work you're offered interest you? Is the pay acceptable? Do it and don't look back.

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein