As both engineers and managers reach midcareer levels referred to as career or terminal levels (e.g., senior engineer or senior manager levels in many technology companies), they are often faced with uncertainty and ambiguity on possible next steps in their career. Uma Chingunde offers some strategies to think about careers at this stage. She addresses some questions such as, How do you think of your career goal outside of the usual career ladders? How do these change as you get more senior? What are traditional versus nontraditional IC and manager paths you can explore? How do you think about the engineer versus manager track? What are some variations on the above for underrepresented groups?
Uma has supported engineers and managers in multiple engineering teams of various sizes through career growth in different environments from large company environments to startups.
Uma Chingunde leads the compute organization of Stripe, which supports the compute that runs all of Stripe. It’s a team within the larger infrastructure organization and supports all Stripe engineers and customers by providing a reliable and scalable platform. Uma started her career in the distributed systems space, working on key virtual machine technology at VMware as an engineer and then manager. Previously, she worked at a startup, Delphix, as an engineering manager, supporting the core teams building the Delphix virtual appliance. She has a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.
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