Yeah, the icon really says it all here...
I'm moving to the
Why in the hell would I make such a move? Well, I'll be happy to explain it.Yeah, the icon really says it all here...
I'm moving to the
Why in the hell would I make such a move? Well, I'll be happy to explain it.
I got the job at my current company about a year after I graduated. I came in at an 'associate' level. Didn't really know much Java or anything and it was taught to me through a few 'big projects' (where I could slip through the cracks of not knowing Java). I learned it and was swapped through several new projects for a while. During this time I really learned all the new technologies (struts, hibernate, spring, etc...), and really fine tuning my OO design and aspects of the full development cycle.
So what's the problem? Well, I was brought in as the 'kid'... low man on the totem pole, if you will. When I was swapping around in the projects, I worked with almost everyone in the Java group. Not only that, but there was the whole 9/11 thing and IT got hit and there was layoffs and the only guys hired where really senior level guys... so, although I didn't move 'down' in position, people were filling up the positions above me, thus pushing me down further in my group. What's funny is that I know a lot more than half of them now due to knowing all these new technologies that we are now using, yet I'm still considered the low guy.
My current assignment has 2 Java guys from my company that haven't worked with me before. The developer AND the architect both see me as a peer. What a great feeling it was. But its short lived because the group is almost like a clique. The senior level guys still see me as the kid.
So, I jumped forward and tried to make myself someone outside the group. I cross trained in new technologies that no one else in the group was interested, and the guy in charge of the cross-industry group noticed me. When he needed someone to go to the Adobe (see, I told you it was a big company) training in Chicago, I was chosen. I went with the guy in charge of the
Anyway, I spent a lot of time working out training for the the stuff I did in Chicago for my own company (which only one Java guy attended), and was really held in high regard by the
Anyway, I was invited to a meeting with both groups last week. Afterward I was pulled aside and invited into the
There is a disadvantage to this, though. The Java group, as I said before, is a bit of a 'clique.' When people leave they tend to get alienated from the group (a lot of the Java group are heavy Linux users... I'm moving over to the Microsoft group...). This is a big hit because I will still be using Java and stuff...
But, I was already considered the 'kid,' so its not that big of a hit, I suppose.
So there ya have it. I've made a move to improve my career path. Its considered a 'parallel' move in that I don't think I'll be getting a promotion, but I will be considered high up in the group and will be extremely valuable in the group.
Next stop, management position...