I was a career-changer. In 2015, I stopped being a dev to go to sales. I won't get into that adventure here, but as I'm trying to figure out where the next chapter in my career should go, most employers would try to pigeonhole me into being a dev and I can't really seem to find consulting work where my target customer just sees me as the Code Guy.
Anyway, one reason I changed out of development was that there were always 2 subtly-implied qualities to get a better dev role than what I had at the time:
- Work for free (in your free time)
- Be real popular
Building a "brand" takes lots of time, and most of that seems to require your free time to do. In another post, someone said there's an expectation that you're devoting 100% of your time towards development, and the older I get, the less I want to.
Is it even realistic to advance your career anymore without obsessing over the latest technology, meetups, speaking events, conferences, etc.?