Some peers (such as LS) are good at climbing the corporate ladder. Someone must play the leadership roles in those MNC Asia offices, so if LS has a strong track record he would get it.
In Asia, I feel left behind on the slow track – painful, disappointing. In the US, immigrant techies are less likely to climb up (except some Indians). At thos moments, I often feel an inner competitive strength due to those competences that my peers are usually lacking, such as
– algos and data structures
– SQL hacks
– Perl/linux hacks
– (non-trivial) jargon
These are among my top 3 competitive strengths. My sweet spot domains are typically
- theoretically, and academically demanding, at least for the uninitiated
- entry barrier
- High value and high impact on the project
- portable, unlike Quartz knowhow
In the US I have such opportunities, though nothing guaranteed.