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John Ranaudo
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Joined: Sep 23, 2003
Posts: 31
Hello to all,

Perhaps someone here on this forum can give me some opinions on my situation. I am a java J2EE architect independent consultant working on a gig in which I am very well paid (hourly) but the job itself turned out to be very non-interesting to me.

Essentially I was hired to architect and lead development of a complex middle tier system that has now been terminated. I was asked to join another project within the same corporation because of my talents in software development; mainly the requirements gathering phase.

The problem is now that this has become an customization project of oracle applications using some framework(OAF) developed by oracle for which I have no experience. I am coming from the weblogic/websphere world and am not very interested in learning this framework. I understand OAF but really dislike it mainly because I am not developing software and it is very unchallenging.

so my dilemma is this. Do I stay and stop complaining...or do I leave and make substantially less of an hourly rate?

Any opinions would be welcome.

Thank You.
Ram Bhakt
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Joined: Dec 02, 2005
Posts: 145
I have worked on many projects, interesting as well as non-interesting. The current project that I am working on is the crappiest project that I have worked on. The work is absolutely horrible for a java developer. However, this is also the project which is paying me the most. Frankly, I am doing it with a smile on my face

I don't know what your financial position is but I think money is the top most priority. Of course, strategically you may go for less money if you think you can get better raises later.

I don't do what I like. I like what I do.
John Ranaudo
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Joined: Sep 23, 2003
Posts: 31
well said.

The only down side is the lack of keeping up with technology. I suppose a couple of weeks of studying can catch me up in the worst case.

thanks for the reply.
Svend Rost
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Joined: Oct 23, 2002
Posts: 904
You need to ask yourself: Where do I want to be in 5 years?

When you have a rough idea of that, you need to consider what the impact
will be if you choose job A over job B.

If your young and without kids going for the "fast money" is no problem, but
if you've got kids (house ect.) then I'd be more carefull and go for whatever
will give the best payoff over time.

/Svend Rost
Homer Phillips
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Joined: May 26, 2004
Posts: 311
Move on.
Deep Arora
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Joined: Jan 14, 2003
Posts: 40
Let me share my experience with you guys. I just refused an offer in NY city paying well above 25-30K than the offer I have accepted and the prime diffrence being the work / technology / travel.

The question is if you do not like what you are doing you wont enjoy doing after sometime and your lack of interest may be evident by then. I mean if you dont like doing it just dont do it at all. It's not like 2002 when jobs are hard to get and man when we have our day why not enjoy and capitalize on it. I mean who knows market may fall off in another year or two and we are forced to take an rather conservative path.

My take on this is since we can afford to do so now be choosy in life what you want.
ak pillai
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Joined: Feb 11, 2006
Posts: 288
I would move to a challenging and interesting job. Also in IT it is important to keep up with the technology. I also enjoy being a hands on architect (coding + architecture). i have also recently self published a book, which can be found at Java/J2EE

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Raghu Rajamarian

Joined: Feb 01, 2006
Posts: 27
hi ak Pillai

$30 for the book is not affordable for a poor IT professional like me living in India..Have you come up with the low priced indian version...??
[ February 12, 2006: Message edited by: Raghu Rajamarian ]
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