Web Developer or Project Manager?
September 5, 2011 3:59 AM Subscribe
I'm an exhausted hybrid web developer/project manager/computer support person and would like to specialize. Please advise me.
posted by JuliaKM to Work & Money (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been working as a web developer/IT manager for a few years at a nonprofit and before that at a web development shop. I have a young child and am finding that while I previously enjoyed being the jack-of-all-trades IT person, I'd really like to specialize in project management or programming. Being everything to everyone is becoming increasingly exhausting. With my regular lack of sleep, I have a lot of trouble these days quickly shifting between programming, facilitating meetings, and fixing someone's Excel problem.
If I have to be objective, I'd say that I'm better at project management than programming. Specifically, I seem to have a knack for facilitating processes where stakeholders feels included and happy with the final product and the developers feel like they were able to code and not get drawn into decision-making chaos. However, I also like the challenge of programming and am involved in a couple of PHP and Python open source projects in my free time.
Does anyone have recommendations for how to decide whether to be a project manager or programmer? Do you find that one career is better than the other for people with young kids? What about for someone who wants to work part-time (25-35 hrs/week)?
I'd especially love to hear from folks who have made this decision already. My worry is that I go down one road and get stuck in the future. Of course, I think that it's probably equally risky to be an IT-everywoman and get burnt out.
On a side note, I'm sure this question has been asked before but I can't seem to find it.