This question is neither scientific nor technical but more career related.
I am at a junction in my professional life where I need to make a decision with regard to the future of my career. At the moment I am an R&D manager and my job is very management-oriented (supervising, problem identification) so I asked my own manager about changing my functionality to go on a more technically oriented quest.
Following my request, he asked me a simple question that made me understand how unaware I am about the computational science market. He told me: "OK, no problem, but tell me precisely, what is it that you wanna do?". It's a simple question, right? But it's so difficult for me to find an answer, not because I don't know what I would like to do, but because in my mind I have an image of what I want to do and I can't put it in words. I'll tell you why.
I have a master's degree in computational mechanics and a PhD in computational fracture mechanics. What I want to do must include modeling and simulation and programming at the same time. But I can't describe it this way to my manager, I have to be specific about the job in industrial jargon. I'll give you an example. If I tell him: "Hey, listen, I have a background in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics)" he would understand and he will easily find me a mission in that area.
I am aware of the "fourth industrial revolution" and new automation such as "automation in engineering simulation", so I am looking for careers in line with future demands. Is automation in engineering simulation a thing? What are the jobs for computational mechanics engineers in the context of industry 4.0?
For those who might say: "Hey dude listen, what you are looking for is software development" I would reply that's right, but, because of my computational background, most software development teams remain skeptical about my software development skills, although I am a skilled programmer.