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The FAQ of programmers.stackoverflow specifically says don't ask career advice but people do it anyway. Should I consider the FAQ outdated or only loosely enforced?

And what about a career advice section of the site? There are 70 sections, and most of them are for relatively narrow interests (which is not a criticism, I enjoy looking through the many sections). A career section seems like it would be very popular. Also, a careers section would help keep career questions off the other sections.

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Why not ask this on meta.programmers? –  Benoit Nov 2 '11 at 14:00
Ditch software, get into medicine. –  user7116 Nov 2 '11 at 14:54
possible duplicate of What's the rule about where to post programming career questions? –  user149432 Nov 2 '11 at 17:51
I recently ran across CareerDean, a Q/A site for software related career advice –  sfletche Jan 23 at 23:30

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Former Programmers SE moderator here.

The career advice policy is fairly strictly enforced. Programmers is not a career advice site.

We will accept career questions that require unique programmer insights to answer, but things like "should I call my interviewer back" or "what programming language should I choose to be successful in life" are off-topic and will be closed.

There is no Careers SE site that I'm aware of right now, but there are a couple Area 51 proposals that are getting traction that might fill that need. One is Professional Matters and the other is IT Careers & Training. Professional Matters is probably a better candidate out of the two. My advice would be to commit to one or both of them if you're interested in seeing a careers site come to life.

You can also browse the career-development tag on Programmers and see if your questions have already been answered.

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While there isn't a specific "career talk" site on the Network, that doesn't mean there couldn't be one. Support your favorite proposal (below). We'll probably have to merge these interests in some way that combines forces and creates an excellent site. Take your pick:

As @Anna said in her answer, Programmers SE is not a career site unless it is really, really specific to a programmer's issue. Most "programmer career" questions could equally apply to just about any field, and that's why they are not generally accepted on that site.

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There is now workplace.stackexchange.com, a site "for members of the workforce navigating the professional setting". Workplace has many questions related to career advice, such as

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I am a moderator on The Workplace.

Some questions related to career advice are on-topic for Workplace. However. This is NOT all questions related to career advice.

Make sure you have a clear, answerable question. Bad career questions are "what should I do? should I learn skill X? take job Y? go into field Z?" These are nearly impossible to answer and unfortunately are the most common.

See this link for a better explanation.

Good questions will be focused on asking the how/why related to career questions.

For example, asking "should I work for a startup or big MNC?" is a bad question. Asking What are the risks and benefits of working at a start up over an established Company is a good question.

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