I’ve been answering career questions on platforms like Quora and Reddit and wanted to share the top 10 Career Questions for Engineering Managers. Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing top questions and answers to you via your Inbox. The answers are bite-sized to give you just what you need to know, without overwhelming you with additional information.
I became a CTO of a startup in my late 20’s because I wanted to climb up the corporate ladder quick smart. But I soon realised I wasn’t ready for it.
When I first became a CTO of a startup, I was young and inexperienced.
I was technically capable, had led multiple software projects, and had a great track record of delivering software projects on time and within budget. But I really had very little idea about how startups work. I had no idea how I was going to be challenged when I took on the role of a CTO. I understood working at a startup, as a hands-on CTO, was going to be different from working as a developer in large corporations. I knew there would be unknowns but I truly didn’t know I would struggle with it as much as I did.
Therefore, my advice is to do the followings:
Answer — Why do you want to become a CTO?
Understand — What are the skills that different CTOs at different organisations need to have? Have a look at job search boards like Monster, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn.
Perform — Do a gap analysis between your current skills and the skills needed for the type of CTO you want to become (at a startup? at a top-tier tech company? etc) and put together a Personal Development Plan to achieve your goals.
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