I was and still am ‘overqualified’ or ‘doing too much tasks, too many roles, too fast, too good’ on the jobs.
I believe if I would have been working in an optimal place in my past 10 years, I’d be about 3 levels/positions higher and my salary would be twice as much.
I haven’t been able to get a serious discussion about my career with any employer or possible new employers.
I was told on multiple occasions: we don’t need more than a tester that does the basic validation, work less, don’t do that, let them fail, that’s not your responsibility, why do you need to learn that, we don’t have the budget for x/y, there are no open positions, etc…
Even with colleagues on my side, raving to various stakeholders and C level, nothing’s happening.
I’ve been recommended to look into BA or PO/PM or Digital Transformation or Data Analysis or Quality Engineering as I’d be almost there anyway with my skills. I’d probably get more opportunities, higher income, more things to learn - probably better satisfaction and recognition.
What would others here recommend?