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July 19, 2012 4:42 PM Subscribe
I have two career options to choose from, and neither is the one I want. Help me make the best of the choices I have.
posted by Passillododorconquail Buttonquivorybidododorbacon to Work & Money (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For approximately two years, I have been managing people and projects on behalf of my own manager, who was supporting my desire to groom for the management track. I received training, I did an excellent job, I was recognized (publicly, privately and financially) for my efforts, and I was being actively evangelized for the next available management position. The downside to this is that my technology skills have been atrophying from lack of use.
Sadly, that manager is gone, and my new manager (previously his manager) has systematically pruned my management responsibilities to none, stopped my training, and in all other ways has not supported my goals. We just sat down to talk about it, and he made it clear that I have my pick of opportunities as a tech or as an Agile "scrum master" (a role I have a lot of experience in), but I have no opportunities whatsoever in management, and I do not have his support in seeking such opportunities.
I have been asked to decide whether I want to do one role, the other role, or continue to split the roles 50/50 (which I have been doing ever since he pruned my management responsibilities.)
This is the response I have planned for tomorrow: if he is willing to give me an approximately 10% bump in salary, I will take on the "scrum master" role full time, and if not, then I will return to a full-time technology role.
My reasoning is simple: I'll be looking for a new job either way, and in the meantime I'd rather do the technology role (I enjoy it, and it will make me more marketable to have my skills well-exercised.) However, extra money would enable something important to me, I could sleepwalk through the "scrum master" job while looking for a new job, and I'd be working directly to help people reach their goals (which is, ultimately, what management is all about, even if it isn't a management role.)
Your job (if you choose to accept it) is to tell me where I'm making a mistake, and your feedback is appreciated.