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To take Onsite(w/o Java) or Offshore (with Java)...??

Amee Dabo
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Joined: Dec 22, 2001
Posts: 74
Hi,

I have a great confusion that to take onsite opportunity or not..
so thought of asking for a note of advice from all of you..

The thing is presently I am working on Java project.But my manager is considering me for an onsite requirement for 3 months at Netherland which is a PowerBuilder to Java migration project..My role will be work on PowerBuilder & NOT on Java ..btw I have 4+ years of experience in PowerBuilder & 1 years experience in Java.I shifted my job from PB to Java 1 year back as I had keen interest to work on Java project.

Now the confusion is I am not able to decide whether should I take this opp or not..I know I will get more money if I take onsite opp...but now I dont know whether do I want money or technology..Also if I go onsite ..shift back to Java technology will be possible for me or not is also a question?

Has anybody out here has faced such situation or even if not...your replies are most welcome...Please help me to come out of this tiring confusion state of mind..Its killing me...

Regards,


Thanks..
shankar vembu
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Joined: May 10, 2001
Posts: 309
Originally posted by Amita D:

But my manager is considering me for an onsite requirement for 3 months at Netherland which is a PowerBuilder to Java migration project..My role will be work on PowerBuilder & NOT on Java


Since it is only for 3 months, I would definitely opt for such an opportunity. And moreover Holland is a nice place to visit. Many of my friends have been to Amsterdam and I guess you will not regret in taking this decision. If time permits, you could as well visit neighboring places


Also if I go onsite ..shift back to Java technology will be possible for me or not is also a question?

This is something for you to decide. If you feel that by taking this onsite option, you are going to jeopardize your Java role after your return, then watch out and take the decision carefully. But I guess 3 months time should not really pose a problem. I have never been in such kind of situations. My opinions reflect what I might have done if in the same position.

Regards.
Billy Tsai
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Joined: May 23, 2003
Posts: 1304
If the pay is much better for onsite, and they provide u good hotel to stay in and cover ur food and travel expenses then u should seriously consider onsite.


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Mark Herschberg
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"Amita D",

Welcome to JavaRanch.

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Tina Desai
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Joined: Mar 13, 2003
Posts: 365
Hello Amita,

I would advice to go ahead and take this opportunity.

1. It adds an on-site experience to your CV.
2. Its a migration job. It IS differnt than a job in PB.
Tomorrow if YOU were to assign a person for doing this job,
would you choose a person knowling ONLY PB? or ONLY Java? may be BOTH!
Do not look at it as if they are giving u a PB assignment. Fine PB
might occupy a major chunk of assignment. But remember you are chosen
as you know BOTH.
3. After you are done with it, you can ask for the next assignment to be
in Java. Start the 'setting' for it from now on. Meet the manager,
tell him this is not inline with your immediate career goals. But you
will go ahead as the company 'needs' you now. And you are expecting a
Java work when you return.
4. Did u give up PB as u did not like it? Or did u give it up as its
market decreased? You have worked on it for a long time. Chances are u
do not hate it. You have got an opportunity to prove your knowledge of
Java as well as PB.

HTH
Tina


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