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Technical Program Manager 2 years ago

20-year Navy Veteran, worried all my experience is soft, and can't land a technical role

Hi all,

I have 20 years of leadership experience in the Navy, all in the realm of cyber (both offensive and defensive) - but focused on strategic leadership, engineering management, and program management. I haven't coded for 19 years.

I have interviewed with both Apple and Google, but either was passed over for a more technical candidate, or wasn't a good match for the role (great leadership, but lack of recent technical experience).

Is there a suggested role where I can stay technical (or improve my technical skills), but still values my leadership experience?

Roles I've interviewed for were Cybersecurity consultant, engineering manager, and technical program manager.

tesseractSoftware Engineer 2 years ago
Have you considered any defense tech companies? I feel they’d better value your experience there and also still allow you to be quite technical, though it can largely depend on the project you’re on.