There are many valuable observations below, but let’s not spend too much time polishing…
- self-esteem regained — in tech IV/GTD, after 5Y bleeding self-confidence #
- coding tests — continues to spread. I improved progressively, gained traction — I even find it enjoyable.
- dnlg — all 3 domain knowledge categories are losing weight in interviews. Note half my recent interviews are outside ibanks.
- my c++ competence (esp.sockets) finally gained
traction, thanks to the interviews.
- rise of west coast salary level. U.S. tech job market didn’t lose steam. U.S. geek economy continues to grow
- Tristate housing — school-district housing is more expensive than I thought, but Edison/Bayonne can be quite affordable
- ! java remains robust and dominant in ibanks. c++ is robust too. There are still many c++ roles in U.S.
- [c] concentration window — proved to be extremely important to my learning, career planning and reflections. Parenting and household chores are real drags.
- [c] my peers didn’t “leave me in the slow track”. Most of them are still regular developers. I guess they can’t move up unless they were already in a lead role by age 35
- “strategic technology bet” — is thoroughly discredited, through repeated introspection
- [c] ibanks interviews — (including coding IV) continue to play to my advantage, after 5 years
- [c] Java QQ continues to feel natural to me… I didn’t lose most of my java QQ strength…
- [c] aging developers — I see good examples in Shubin, Paul, Shanyou, Alan, Daniel, Kam, Pinsky, John etc
- U.S. high-end contract rate — has grown from $90 to $110
- start-ups — There are many interesting start-ups both in U.S. and Singapore, able to pay.
- retire — I have decided to retire in Singapore not U.S. I see my Singapore citizenship as a huge strategic advantage over my Chinese/Indian peers.
- [c] wife was competent at her job and continues to keep the kids in the current condition without deterioration
- [c] kids — my daughter didn’t become alienated; my son didn’t get out of control.
- [c] I continue to take unpaid leaves to learn from interviews
- mkt data — enjoys growing demand and I gained traction more than I gained a new defensible territory.
- quant career and math aptitude — broken dream. Disillusioned. deep pain
- U.S. investment yield is typically 6%, higher than what I observe in Singapore.
- [c] ibanks didn’t reduce IT budget or go offshore as some predicted
- [c] HFT — is robust
- c++ demographics — mostly older
- apps and coding jobs … (in the global economy) are becoming more important, more wide-spread than I anticipated.
- [c = continuation, but unexpected]