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"Industry doesn't need your Technology" : is it true?

Ja vardhan
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Folks,

I have 2 years of experience in Java/J2EE environment and working with a top MNC in India. Recently my manager asked me to work on non-Java technology- it will be for just 2 or 3 months, because the project itself is very small. After this, my manager is assigning me some non-Java related stuff like taking care of quality regarding work for few projects.
He is saying again I can come back to Java environment But I am much interested on Java technology and would like to gain more knowledge on Java technology.

When I spoke to few folks regarding this, most of them are saying "Industry doesn't need your Technology, needs your Attitude" .
Is it true???

Should we be flexible enough to accept any type of assignments or we need to work according to our interests to gain knowledge in our intended technology???

Please post your views.

Thanks


Javardhan:
Sameer Jamal
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This seems to be fit for most of the consulting companies they really dont care for individual's interest and employees are hopping from one technology to other most of the product based companies are good if you want to build expertise in one technology platform.
Ramesh Choudhary
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Most Consulting companies (Infy,tcs,wipro) brainwash you on 'flexibility'. I know some people who have worked on .Net Web apps for a year and then were shifted to embedded C-coding . One guy was ordered to learn SQL server after working on oracle for 2 years.
s jain
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really tough thing to do for java lover!!but I dont think it happens beyond 2yr expertise or it happens??
Not only this companys some MNC also do the same.Also shift from J2ee to C# is most frequent but shifting to other
[ February 14, 2006: Message edited by: s jain ]
Mani vannan
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Yes, it happens. Such companies don't care your interest in technology. They won't even bother your tech skills/expertise. They want their work done in any means. The ultimate aim is to grow revenue and business, not anything related to technology.

But, dont do that. Since, your resume may look ugly with divergences. You cannot accumulate the speicific experience; That will block you from gaining experience on same line.


Manivannan
Srinivasa Raghavan
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This happened in my case too. I was working in .NET for 1.5 years in a small company & while switching over to a big MNC I was interviewed in .NET & got allocated in a project to work in JMS & workflows.


Thanks & regards, Srini
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Vikram Kohli
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this is a high trend right now in consulting companies. They give training in one technology and then they put them in other technologie.


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Amit Saini
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this is a high trend right now in consulting companies. They give training in one technology and then they put them in other technologie.


This is not a new trend. It is the defining characteristic of the consulting business. Its a per project job, after all. For the company, the employee is a pluggable resource. They'll put you in the project where they feel you can contribute positively and help them maximize profits.

If you see yourself mastering only one particular technology for the next few years, give a thought to product based companies.

FYI: Its the same in USA, be it Accenture, Sapient or Deloitte!
Ja vardhan
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Does it mean product development companies considers employee interests and consulting companies utilises the employee only for profitablity ?
Sameer Jamal
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Originally posted by Ja vardhan:
Does it mean product development companies considers employee interests and consulting companies utilises the employee only for profitablity ?


Actually what we are discussing about product based companies is a generalisation as most of the product based companies mostly work in a limited technology environment which is required for evlopment\enhancement of their product so there are also very limited ways for them to fully utilize their employee strengths, but as far as consulting companies are concerned they have simultaniously many projects goinf on different technology platforms so they can effectively utilize their employees by shifting them to different projects.
Manish Hatwalne
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I don't think it could be *this* Vs. *that*. It all depends on what you prefer most at a specific point of your career. I have worked mostly in consulting companies in earlier part of my career (and now I realize how important and useful it was) but later it was a conscious decision to move to a product company, and I haven't regrette it yet. I do miss excitement of consulting companies occasionally, but otherwise I am happy with my decision.

Diverse skillset & exposure is usually more useful.

- Manish
Kj Reddy
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Originally posted by Ja vardhan:
Does it mean product development companies considers employee interests and consulting companies utilises the employee only for profitablity ?


Not exactly. For a company(product or project based) you are a resource and they want to utilise for the money they are paying. During recruitment process they will check if your skills are matching for their requirements. Once you are recruited mostly they want to use accordiing to your skills and caliber. If do not have skills then do not prefer to ask you leave so, they will try to use wherever you can.

But some companies may act differently.
Homer Phillips
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I have 2 years of experience in Java/J2EE environment and working with a top MNC in India. Recently my manager asked me to work on non-Java technology- it will be for just 2 or 3 months, because the project itself is very small. After this, my manager is assigning me some non-Java related stuff like taking care of quality regarding work for few projects.

Two or three months becomes two or three years and you have a skillset that may or may not be marketable. Unless you are a direct employee of this MNC, hoping to stay there forever, I would look for a new job.
 
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