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Job situation - Dealing with uncertainity

Sai Surya
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Joined: Feb 08, 2006
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Dear all,

I'm in need of your advice on some job issue I am facing now. I am part of a team which supports Java based web cms and I am under contractual role. Very soon the Java cms is being replaced by Drupal cms and our manager told us to learn Drupal. Then I did some research and found that Drupal skill is not paid enough in the job market compared to Java. This worries me to greater extent. Moreover, management also thinking of outsourcing support services to a vendor, in that case our jobs become obsolete. I am really not willing to do career shift to Drupal, since Drupal is very very easy in terms of implementation and as I said its career prospects are slim.

I tried to look for other jobs, but considering job market in Singapore, I may not get a job even with same salary. Also, I am not into banking, since I came from web cms background, the job scope is lighter.

Really not sure on what to do! I welcome any recommendations or advice.

Thank you all.

Sai Surya, SCJP 5.0, SCWCD 5.0, IBM 833 834
http://sai-surya-talk.blogspot.com, I believe in Murphy's law.
Bear Bibeault
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Firstly, learning any new skill is not a bad thing. I'd stay around long enough to get familiar with Drupal so you can add it to your list of skills. Meanwhile, be looking for something that has a future career path that is more in line with what you want.

Beware however, of painting yourself into a corner. If you think of yourself as a "Java CMS" developer, that's all you will ever be.


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arulk pillai
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Joined: May 31, 2007
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There is no easy solution.

1. Continue working in the current domain
2. At the same time keep your eye out for other opportunities
3. Acquire skills that are required to break into the finance domain


Good luck.


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Sai Surya
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Joined: Feb 08, 2006
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Thanks Ranchers for your support. I understand that nothing special can be done at this point other than keeping an eye on opportunities. I think little positive attitude will help me. Thank you.
 
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