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Worried about career.. Please guide me

Manikandan Swaminathan
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Joined: Aug 10, 2008
Posts: 117
Hi ranchers,

I am currently working in one of the top MNC's in India for the past 4.5 years and currently looking for a change due to some personal issues.But, the problem is i am into production support for the past 4 years which really has very much reduced my technical knowledge.I agree that i was able to learn other aspects like unix commands,change management etc and other stuff...but now when i am looking for interviews, most of the other companies are expecting me to be technically very sound (My total exp now is 6.5 years )

Also,i am bit worried that in my new company if i join as a technical lead, i would be expected to code & also more IMPORTANTLY groom the junior developers or freshers which will be the biggest challenge for me because i was not into development for the past 4 yrs as already told

Added to that,here in India,people will usually look down upon you,if i say i dont know this when having 6.5 years of exp.. OMG This will add to my stress and eventually i will feel burnout. I am really worried and confused as to what to do now? In my current job,currently there is no scope for any enhancement also.Also,no chance of getting release from this project now & move to dev work

Please help me
Jimmy Clark
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Joined: Apr 16, 2008
Posts: 2187
Based on your description, you don't have 6.5 years of software development experience. Any organization which considers hiring you should easily realize this and if they offer you a position of a technical lead, then they do this with knowing your abilities. It is unlikely that you will get an offer for this type of position however.

I suggest that you look for other production support positions because this is what you have the most experience it. And look for these positions in good organizations that may have areas for you to further develop your abilities.

Good luck!
Sandeep Awasthi
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
Posts: 597
Raghuraman Guruswamy wrote:
Added to that,here in India,people will usually look down upon you,if i say i dont know this when having 6.5 years of exp.. OMG This will add to my stress and eventually i will feel burnout. I am really worried and confused as to what to do now? In my current job,currently there is no scope for any enhancement also.Also,no chance of getting release from this project now & move to dev work

Please help me


Sorry for being blunt.

When I read your posts, I get confused that do you give information about India or you have focus on what suggestion/advices you want.

Having said that, if you do not know development, ideally you should not get selected as a technical lead into development(unless non-technical managers interview you).

Second is you should not accept a role with which you are not comfortable. If you have interest in development, you have to learn it and get experience on it.


Sandeep
arulk pillai
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Joined: May 31, 2007
Posts: 3274
The way I see it, if you want to pursue your career in development, then put it down that as your career objective, and go for it with passion, motivation, and hard work.

Also, be prepared to take up an entry level position, but if you are motivated enough, you can fast track your career. Work on sample projects, tutorials, etc

and brush up on areas you are not comfortable with. You may have to compromise on a few things on a short term, but if you stay positive you may get where you want to be a lot quicker.

All depends on you.


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