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monty3000
21st June 2010, 07:59
Hi,

After over 10 years working as a permie I'm looking to jump ship and start contracting.
My experience has been mostly with the main investment banks - C++, J2SE/J2EE, fully agile,
Spring, Hibernate, blah blah blah plus a strong academic history.

I currently manage a team of 10 developers and I suppose my initial view on what happens
next would be for me to manage more people and get further from the technology, which is
the really interesting part of the job for me.

I now have an 8 week old daughter and the prospect of working longer hours with more
responsibility is the last thing I want to do. I'm sure this echoes with most
of you here.

I did contract 6 years ago, briefly, for a new media startup so I'm not totally green
but wanted to get a few pointers from you guys as to how easy it will be for me to make this
transition. My view (rightly or wrongly) is that it's much easier to land contracting jobs with a
strong and varied contracting history. Which makes sense. How receptive do you think
companies will be to someone in my position who is strong technically?

Cheers,

-j

cojak
21st June 2010, 11:30
Unless you get acontract a few miles from home you can expect to be travelling rather than working those extra hours. It takes me 2 hours door-to-door (1hr 15mtrain journey) and it takes some people a damn sight longer than that. If my journey is over 3 hrs I'll stay over. And I still work long hours when the project is about to go live. Irrespective of your technical questions, don't imagine that contracting is the 'easy' option, particularly if you're a project manager...

Gibbon
21st June 2010, 11:50
Unless you get acontract a few miles from home you can expect to be travelling rather than working those extra hours. It takes me 2 hours door-to-door (1hr 15mtrain journey) and it takes some people a damn sight longer than that. If my journey is over 3 hrs I'll stay over. And I still work long hours when the project is about to go live. Irrespective of your technical questions, don't imagine that contracting is the 'easy' option, particularly if you're a project manager...

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