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Default architecture graduate - go hdb or developer better?

hello. I realized that every time I google with keyword ďarchitectureĒ and ďdeveloperĒ, I always only have one very old thread on this forum to refer to. itís so outdated haha so Iíd like to ask for insights that are up to date on this issue:

1) with an aki masters degree, should one join hdb or a private developer to have better worklife balance and remuneration?

(a) which developers do you recommend/blacklist to work for?
(b) what about LTA (i heard itís an attractive workplace but donít know if they hire architecture ppl)
(c) any other career paths worth considering besides the above? to be RTO or RE?


I suppose hdb would have somewhat better job security but poorer career progression? by career progression I mostly mean potential for pay increment. Like, in long run canít earn that well?

And also, I become less employable once Iíve joined gov sector is it....? cos private firms believe gov firm experience isnít real experience...is that true?

to start off, Iíd like to mention that my goal is to have a comfortable life. i hope for a 9-5job, with good pay, bonuses, and welfare in general. I know aki firms likely canít bring me there, and i am not hung up about creative processes so I donít mind leaving consultancy. I just hope stay in this industry due to familiarity and because I will RIP in workplaces where I have to do finance haha.

I have a friend in hdb who seems to earn at least 1-2k more than I do, and she has family-day and stuff like that, in addition to bonuses intermittently. barely OT. that seems like such a life! but I wonder if itís sustainable in the long run because pay raises donít jump much unless one changes firm often right? but from hdb can jump to where haha

if youíre curious about my specific situation, here are details about me below. I welcome all general insights to my query, so if your advice isnít that relevant to my circumstances, thatís ok too okay!
-I am a local aki graduate. graduated 2yrs ago, was working in a construction firm as an aki staff to my uncle. Recently joined an aki firm and am clueless about work, but hoping after a year in this aki firm I will have more relevant experience to boast
-I tried to apply to hdb right after 2years in the construction firm but received no response. Figured going to an aki firm would boost my chances but discovered one peer in developer (from hearsay) is out-earning those in hdb.
so now Iím thinking maybe instead of setting sights on hdb, I should consider developers. But I have no understanding of that career landscape at all.

hope someone on this forum is able to help.
Thank you!
Figures and numbers wrt pay and leave benefits etc will help!!

P.S. Oh ya and I donít intend to be a QP because there doesnít seem to be proportional benefits - slight pay increment after studying ass off, plus bigger responsibilities. just saying. you are welcomed to change my mind.

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