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Re: Software Engineering vs Sales Engineering (response to post by marlogger)
There is an alternative. Try to get as much as money as possible doing things you probably don't like, retire early and do what you like after you have enough money.

But that takes great "personal finance" discipline unless you can be filthy rich pretty quick. You should live frugally and invest a lot. In general, don't take debt. Most importantly, don't take consumption debt.

But by the time you're ready to retire (which really depends), you probably won't be able to get your dream job anymore, because companies probably won't hire you for that entry level job required before doing that dream job, regardless of the amount of salary you're willing to forgone.

On the other hand, being in pre-sales, you will meet many top managements, or at least middle managements. Depending on how you build your relationship, you can probably ask them a favor for putting you into position you like..

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Or if you're pretty sure of yourself and like to live dangerously, you can do the following long but rewarding way. Be certain that you can pull the following out since you will not only jeopardize your carreer, but also the company.

This particular person used to be a developer of a new product. He learnt the whole framework and components of this new product, not just the component he was responsible for. Although he tried to do his programming job well, at the same time he displayed interest in doing sales.

He got the pre-sales job. He then over-promised just a bit, not enough overpromise that it's impossible to do, but enough to raise hell within the customization developers. Anyway, that over-promise got him a sales. But what about the over-promise?

Being a responsible guy, he offer to do the extra customization work himself.

So at the end, that guys can be in sales (more money) while still doing "high-end" development (more pleasure) that push existing framework. His sales performance becomes potentially better since he himself control prototype development thus he can better manage resources needed to close a sale.

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But you probably won't have oppportunity exactly like that since every company's dynamic varies. Hell, he wasn't even know that's how he was going to be, the plan always change. The key is to take advantage of existing conditions and make the best decision out of it. You will probably come out with better arrangement depending on circumstances.

Edit: What I'm trying to say is either you try to retire early to do the work you like, or do what you like while earning lots of money. The later is difficult but doable, and I was giving you an example of successful true story.
Re: Software Engineering vs Sales Engineering (response to post by marlogger)
There is an alternative. Try to get as much as money as possible doing things you probably don't like, retire early and do what you like after you have enough money.

But that takes great "personal finance" discipline unless you can be filthy rich pretty quick. You should live frugally and invest a lot. In general, don't take debt. Most importantly, don't take consumption debt.

But by the time you're ready to retire (which really depends), you probably won't be able to get your dream job anymore, because companies probably won't hire you for that entry level job required before doing that dream job, regardless of the amount of salary you're willing to forgone.

On the other hand, being in pre-sales, you will meet many top managements, or at least middle managements. Depending on how you build your relationship, you can probably ask them a favor for putting you into position you like..

----

Or if you're pretty sure of yourself and like to live dangerously, you can do the following long but rewarding way. Be certain that you can pull the following out since you will not only jeopardize your carreer, but also the company.

This particular person used to be a developer of a new product. He learnt the whole framework and components of this new product, not just the component he was responsible for. Although he tried to do his programming job well, at the same time he displayed interest in doing sales.

He got the pre-sales job. He then over-promised just a bit, not enough overpromise that it's impossible to do, but enough to raise hell within the customization developers. Anyway, that over-promise got him a sales. But what about the over-promise?

Being a responsible guy, he offer to do the extra customization work himself.

So at the end, that guys can be in sales (more money) while still doing "high-end" development (more pleasure) that push existing framework. His sales performance becomes potentially better since he himself control prototype development thus he can better manage resources needed to close a sale.

---

But you probably won't have oppportunity exactly like that since every company's dynamic varies. Hell, he wasn't even know that's how he was going to be, the plan always change. The key is to take advantage of existing conditions and make the best decision out of it. You will probably come out with better arrangement depending on circumstances.