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career disucssion. Need suggestions

arun r mehta
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Joined: Mar 08, 2010
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Hi Ranchers,

I want to discuss about my career over here and would appretiate if I get some suggestions

I have 3.7 yrs exp. on java ( precisely Core Java) and had been part of 3 companies now. My education qualification is Master of Computer Applications(2008 passout) post which I chose to join Global MNC out of the 5 different offers that I was made during my pre-final year in MCA.

After joining the MNC, I was given oppurtunity to work in SAP Basis (which was not my interest). I had to accept it as we cannot control much in MNC companies. I was kinda ok with it.
I worked for this company for around 9 months and was fired(laid off due to budget constraints in my project). I gained very less experience during this tenure and hardly could seek a job with such experience( timeline was mid 2009)
I felt helpless with lay off and couldnt seek a job with same skill(SAP basis). I appeared for lot of screen test(Written technical/apptitude test) for other Major companies inline with my previous companies. I couldnt even clear thier technical test, My confidence was shattered and I was on threshold of entering into depression. I was so much desperate for the job that I decided to change my skill to java(which I was very much comfortable with and also did hold SCJP during my MCA). finally I saw an advertisement on local news paper and got an email from consultant regarding a opening in local company for multiple fresher and experienced positions(c++ or java). I thought of just to go for selection process and to my surprise I saw around 10k candidates waiting to appear for screen test for this company. I was shocked and felt better to see so many people job less like me(I met people who were passed in 2008 and still couldnt seek a job). With 4 rounds of selection process I finally made in list of final 6 candidates who were made offer.
I joined this company only to get back to job as I was off work for 4 months now(this was Oct 2009). I joined this company and worked in java/servlets/jsp/struts, the salary that was offered to me was 25% less than what I was getting with my first company. I worked for this company for around 8 months and then I was offered a job in product company (which is my current company), I was given decent salary but I was excited to work for good reputed company with very good work culture. I am satisfied with my company work culture and stuff but the problem now is I don't like my work, When I initially started I was assigned to support project which fortunately got on hold due to budget issues, I showed my interest on development side and my lead arranged me to loan me to development project . I was appretiated for my work in very short span of 4 months and got the recognition award also. Soon the delivery of that project got over and I was back on this support project (Till date I am working on same project doing support). I have spoken to my lead regarding my interest and he is continuously looking for task which interest me. In one on one discussions, I made it very clear that I am interested only on dev. role and looking for relocation oppurtunity to other country. He made sure that I be involved in any development activities which is delivered by my team. I am currently involved in both kind of role(Dev. + support in 30:70 ratio). I do design/code/ut/UAT for 1 project and do production support for another project. In last feedback with my lead, I was told to do both (dev and support) which will give me visibility at site team and my counterparts. In very short span we had a requirement at site team which was matching my skill, onsite manager was looking for somebody who has around 2 yrs exp with particular skill(specific to our company vertical domain and not technical) and who can support and do dev. activities with little help.
I was one of the contenders to fill the position. After 4 months, I heard my application is rejected by my onsite manager due to less exp.(though I had close to 2 yrs exp on the same skill as required). I saw a guy pulled out from some other division (with total exp. of 5 yrs but only product support) and he had relocated to site . The same guy whome now I handover my work daily and also transition knowlede so that he can do development also. I felt very bad with this and disussed this with my lead and he said that he had tried from his side but the final decision was from onsite manager. I had again demanded onsite relocation and he said that he is in talk with onsite manager to discuss about another position for new customer. I have questions as below please give me some suggestions.

1) Should I believe my lead ?
2) I am looking out for change in another division(where work is pure development, will this be helpfull?)
3) I am also looking out for change outside organization(but no offers as of now, since I work only on core java and organization out is looking for more spec. frawework). will this help ?
4) What should I do to relocate, leave this team and look for other team?
5) What should I do to impress my onsite manager, so that he throws some light on me ( :-) )

-arun


arulk pillai
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Should I believe my lead ?


You are the best person to make that judgement, but in general others won't have your interest in mind. You are the best person to decide what is best for you, and not others.

I am looking out for change in another division(where work is pure development, will this be helpfull?


If you check a few online advertisements in your local area, it will give you an indication as to what the prospective employers are looking for. So, what ever you do, should make you employable. This means you need to learn the sought-after technologies/frameworks. If development is what you like, then it will be helpful. Set your goals first, and then go after achieving them.


I am also looking out for change outside organization(but no offers as of now, since I work only on core java and organization out is looking for more spec. frawework). will this help ?


acquire the skills what your prospective employers are looking for. Keep adding the skills you acquire to your resume.



Here are some general career tips http://java-success.blogspot.com.au/p/career-tips.html


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arun r mehta
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Joined: Mar 08, 2010
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You are the best person to make that judgement, but in general others won't have your interest in mind. You are the best person to decide what is best for you, and not others.

Thank you for the suggestion.




If you check a few online advertisements in your local area, it will give you an indication as to what the prospective employers are looking for. So, what ever you do, should make you employable. This means you need to learn the sought-after technologies/frameworks. If development is what you like, then it will be helpful. Set your goals first, and then go after achieving them.

acquire the skills what your prospective employers are looking for. Keep adding the skills you acquire to your resume.


I do this regularly, and fact is industry is looking for specific frameworks(struts,spring,hibernate, gwt, ajax bla bla bla). In my company we hardly use any industry specific stuff, we have sort of propritory frameworks for everything, infact our development IDE is customized version of Eclipse with lot of plugins to develop from simple POJO to writing reports for end customers.







Here are some general career tips http://java-success.blogspot.com.au/p/career-tips.html

Thanks for the link, this should help me a bit.

Basically I need to trade off between my career outside the organization and within it. If I decide to stay up here for long time, i might loose opportunities coming outside and vise versa. I am open for relocation(preferably US/Canada with my current employer) and I do see some hope for it in near future but don't know if it will come my way. Also I have deep interest into hardcore development role (which I can get outside organization). If i get both its perfect icing on the cake :-)
 
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