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Multiple Skill Sets - Boon or Bane for career growth

Senthil Kumar
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
Posts: 12
Hi,
I need some piece of advice. I am working for one of the top 5 IT companies in India. I am working with this company for 6 years now and is my first job out of campus.
I started my career with VB, then moved on to C, C++ and now working in Java. I was expecting a PL promotion during this year, but was not given the promotion this year.

I feel that it is time to look for other options as I feel that I deserve the promotion after giving my best for the company by being flexible enough to work on any technology the company asked me to work on and have managed to do it successfully without any issues so far.

But being worked in multiple technologies, I am not sure whether this is an advantage or disadvantage to show case in my resume. This thought itself is holding me from applying for companies as I am not sure which skill set I should project (I have 2 years in VB, 3 years in C, C++ and 1 year in Java/J2EE) for in my resume. But I have good soft skills and have experience of directly dealing with clients across the geos and have worked at client sites in US and UK.

But most of the companies are asking for experience in a particular skill set for a particular number of years. Will I be getting a job that fits my total experience( like PL or TL etc) in any MNC's or other big Indian IT companies irrespective of me being worked in different technologies throughout my career. If so what

I hope to get some valuable advice from fellow members on this. I am not sure whether I am the one who is having this problem or is this prevalent across all companies.

Thanks in Advance.
Kj Reddy
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Joined: Sep 20, 2003
Posts: 1704
Senthil you have quite good experience. So nothing to worry. Having multiple skills gives shows your flexibility to work in any technology. Moreover C,C++, Java goes in the same line. Especially C++, Java are based on OOPS. If you worked in C++ its not big deal to work with Java. But whenever you are applying for a job on a technology you need to proof the intereviewer that you have quite good command in that technology. Ex if you are looking for job in Java show the interviewer that you have good command.
Murali Mohan
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Joined: Jul 07, 2003
Posts: 47
Hi Senthil,

I am also in similar position.

As per my view, No one looks in to your flexibility and multiple technologies. What they need is how much u r capable to execute their requirements in a particular technology.

So better stick to a technology, which ever u like & gives u good growth.
Now market is very hot. So easily u will get job if it is Java.

Companies always give good designation, salary to new joinees. Generally ignore existing employees. Try to change your company, sure u will get good job what ever u wanted with your experience. Now a days getting job is very easy as the job market is very hot.

Regards,
Murali
Kj Reddy
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Joined: Sep 20, 2003
Posts: 1704
Originally posted by Murali Mohan Mohan Murali:
Hi Senthil,
What they need is how much u r capable to execute their requirements in a particular technology.



Thats ture. Its more important that how you understand the requirements and you proceed toward design and implementation
 
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