I’ve spent my entire career learning new skills and reading widely, far beyond what I immediately needed for my job, and I’m a much better developer for it.
I teach other developers face-to-face and I also teach by blogging, answering questions, and publishing software. I’ve worked hard to reach where I am but I know that I started out with many advantages.
So, it is not surprising that I have thought about this question: Is software development really a dead end job?
I would like to think that I have been pretty successful in my career thus far. I started as a developer and am now working as an analyst programmer or in other words a software architect. I have experience working as a developer, architect, Scrum Master, team lead, etc. On the non-technical side, I built teams from scratch, hired the right candidates, trained them on their weak points, etc.
In short, I have skills in many areas of software development. I like to get involved in many aspects of SDLC and can honestly take a team forward (both technically and in terms of managing teams, creating the right development processes, and creating an intellectually stimulating environment for developers). Also I'm very good at fixing applications, systems and current working solutions.
Does that make me a good candidate for any job? You'd think, "Yes, why not? I've got all the skills." I thought the same, too.