Hello GHI forum.
I had an interesting talk with someone today. They are Kiwi, but have been living in Silicon Valley for the past 20+ years. They’ve been in startups, and large companies. They have sucesffully transformed several technology companies over the past few decades. One newspaper article here described the guy as “the best software guy the country has ever produced.”
I had coffee with him this morning here in new zealand, where he was visiting (well, I had hot chocolate.) We talked about our careers, and he asked me where I was planning to go, career-wise. I mentioned several Microsoft-platform areas I’ve been happily exploring and improving in - ones most of us here have experience with - VS2017, C#, UWP, IOT-core, Xamarin, Linq, WPF, XAML - and he was surprised. He said that this would be a dead-end in silicon valley, if I ever planned to move back there.
This was sobering. These are my favorite platforms for development, even if it has mostly been at-home/personal experimentation, while I toil away at my day-job propping up ancient legacy embedded C code written by committed of transient engineers over the past 20 years, my mind atrophying from lack of learning anything new.
Who here thinks that a career in Microsoft-centric areas is a still viable career path now, in 2017?
What other career paths do you think could be more useful/in-demand for the next 15 years?
Anyone have any advice?