Today I talked to a Director of Security, a Director of Application Development, and a Director of Architecture at 3 different Fortune 100 companies. I love my job, but should I ever decide to get back into consulting, my opportunities for engagements are now much better than they were 3 years ago. Make the investment now! Go for the DE position. Why wait? It’s going to be about 5 years waiting for that spot on the MSN team to open up.