How to Advance Beyond Senior Java Developer?

Software Developer Career Coaching
Software Developer Career Coaching

Our Software Developers Career Coaching answers challenging questions posted by computer programmers about their careers. Click here to ask your own question.

Here Is A Software Developer’s Coaching Question

I have been working full-time as a software developer for 22 years, with the last 12 years in Java.

I have a wide range of experience, including managing 3-4 developers and testers, and significant project management experience on large projects.

I’ve been in the same position for the past 4 years, making good money for the area.

Still, I have pretty much done it all when it comes to writing code, and am looking for something less hands-on.

My long-term goal has been an architect position, but they are rare, and most companies really want an architect/developer, which is essentially what I do now.

I have considered taking a consultant position where I would travel to do architecture work, but I have not found any leads on one, and I’m not sure I could handle the travel.

Lately I have been thinking about getting an MBA, with eye to becoming a director of software development.

I’m an excellent written and oral communicator, I can manage multiple development projects, I’m good at managing and mentoring developers, and I have deep technical knowledge.

I feel I am qualified for the position now, but I think an MBA would give me credentials I need to be considered. I could work work full-time while earning the MBA.

Should I make the significant time and money investment of 2 years and approximately $50k?

I would enjoy doing the work. Will an MBA make me that much more employable for a directorship?

Will it assist me in doing the work? Or is there some other path I have not considered?

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