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Advise for someone in 30s

I am TPM in my current role. It's been a disaster for last couple of years. I don't think I enjoy this role any more. It's all about politics and tracking status. At the end of day, there is zero recognition despite doing mammoth of work. I like to focus on technical things. However, I am not getting any responses for engineering manager type of roles. I have done people management in the past. My coding skills are rusty though. I have written code on and off for few years, but I am not a DS/Algo ninja. I also don't think I am at a point of passing swe-2 bar.

I am not sure what is way out of this loop. Everyday it kills internally to do uninteresting work. I like money but for moving on I have no other options available at this point. I am thinking of getting Master's degree in CS, but not sure how much that will be helpful.

My long term goal is to be VP/SVP of a company. It just feels like I am stuck forever. Another thing that bothers me is biases in hiring. Say, even if I get the master's degree, there is no guarantee that it would lead to EM role.

Most people who have these kind of roles have good network. I have almost zero network. All jobs I have worked so far got me in through online application only.

Everyone at my age seems to be pulling 200k or more very easily. I am still at 140k base salary. While making money is important, I am learning that interesting work is equally important.

Any thoughts on moving forward and breaking out of the loop?

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