I decided to leave my last employeer to make a lateral shift in my career,moving from project management to software engineering. It's something that I've been thinking about doing for a while and I finally decided to take the jump and start by attending a Python Bootcamp in Portland, OR.
When I left the Aerospace and Defense industry I was a systems engineer, which isn't exactly the same as the comercial worlds systems engineer. We are business analysts on steriods, testers on steriods, and highly technical project manager. I also had a long stent in a solutions engineering role as well. Moving to the "web" world there wasn't a directy translatable postion. I found myself in a technical project manager role. While I did enjoy a majority of the responbilities that came with the position, there are a few things missing to meet my needs.
I consistantly found myself rolling up my sleeves and trying to dig in. At times I'd spend more time tracing a bug while triaging, purely out of my own self interst. I'd often have to set a time limit so I didn't spend too much time debugging when I should have been doing more project management related tasks e.g. client communications.
Often as a systems engineer we made a lot of high level technical decisions and I felt that I was building a solutions, yet as a "technical" project manager I never felt that I was build anything. I felt that I was merely there to make sure the client and the comapny got what they needed as best as I could.
While I throughly enjoying leading teams, I don't desire to manage clients anymore. It's not a matter of being able to manage clients but more of a matter of finding them too draining. It doesn't mean that I don't ever want to work with clients again, it just means that I don't want to be the main point of contact anymore.
As far as I know there's never really been a fully qualified definition of the position here in the United States. The most commonly accepted definitions of the role and skills involve:
With my pre-bootcamp experience and post-bootcamp knowledge and experience I have everyone one of those areas covered plus an engineering degree to cover anything else.
My goal is pretty simple, I hope to land in a backend-ish role utilizing my Python, Django, Ansible, and Linux skills. I'm also very happy to leverage my front end skills but I wouldn't be happy in a role of front end only.