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lusha tak
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Hi, I have over 8 yrs of experience working in IT and currently working as Project Manager with a global brand. Back in 2000 when I started out as a java programmer, i purused this path for 3 to 4 years and in 2004 i was given Team lead role and with each passing year I kind of started drifting away from technology and got more in coordination and management aspect of software development process. While I can safely say I am decent in my current resposnibility as project manager(also PMP certified).
I dont enjoy it as much and am looking at opportunity to get more involved in the technical aspect and pursue technical architecting as a career path.

I am trying to explore opportnities within the current organisation to take up a techno manager profile to begin with. In last one month I have done a bit of self study to brush up my J2ee knowledge. I have manage to pass SCWCD and now preparing for SCBCD. In case I am not able to find a good opening matching my skill set in current organisation,
I might consider leaving rather than sticking with a profile I dont enjoy. And foucs on further updating my skills such as learning about web services, SOA, Design patterns and emerging technologies e.g. spring , hibernate etc...

However i am not sure whether a break taken from work to update your skills is looked upon as a negative by future hirers or is it acceptable?
Anybody will like to share their perspective?
Thanks
Lusha
[ November 02, 2008: Message edited by: lusha tak ]
Karnati Sudhakar
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lusha,

Are you doing so for more package? Do you think who are paid more technical architects or Project Managers with same years of experience?

Regards
Sudhakar


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Sudhakar
lusha tak
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No Not for package. Its purely about the work i should be able to enjoy! I think i am quite satisfied with cutrent earnings and i dont have too many wants anyway!
Shiv Sidhaarth
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Explain them your reasons for taking break. They would also think that you are confident and genius to take a break at this juncture of time.

If you make them not just hear but feel the same way during the interview, they can make a huge carer for you.
lusha tak
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Thanks Shiv for [your] promt reply. Its encouraging. I too feel the same way and that is the reason i dare think of taking such a step if it does not work out for me in current organisation .

Do you think employer now a days do have such an open mind particlularly in Indian scenario?

Sometimes i am amused by employers getting into details such as gap during education or percenatges at secondary and senior secondary level after having so many years of experiece with proven track record :roll:


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arulk pillai
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Sometimes i am amused by employers getting into details such as gap during education or percenatges at secondary and senior secondary level after having so many years of experiece with proven track record :roll:


Very strange. Hope it does not happen that often. Since you have 8+ yrs exp and worked in senior roles, why not use your network to land a job that you enjoy.


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lusha tak
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Thanks Arulk.
No it does not happen very often but very fact these question gets asked in HR round for probably salary negotiation purpose is making me wonder wheter a gap of say 3-4 months will put me in disadvantage ? dows HR now a days have an open mind?
Gabriel Claramunt
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I'll not be too much worried about a 4 months gap, but why do you feel you need it?


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Kj Reddy
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Instead of taking break and updating skills how about contributing technically in your current project. I am sure you may not left much time for project management but may be by sharing your project management tasks with your immediate team mate you can make some time.
lusha tak
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I have been out of touch with technology for 3 - 4 years now.And the way things are done have evolved quite a bit. I feel the need to upgrade my skills and then enter into job market in a more technical role. Doing it besides a full time job is oing to be a huge challenge and may be after a while i will drift away again due to urgent demands at work and family/social front. So thought of taking a break say 3 months or so....
Shiv Sidhaarth
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Check your PM
lusha tak
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Thanks shiv, I have checked my PM and have sent a reply back...
 
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