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Manager in Dilemma

By udecomey ·
Hi..

I'm Nurul, 25 from Malaysia. I was working as a programmer for 5 years and being promoted to be 'Analyst Programmer' and 'System Analyst' within a year. Recently, I've been promoted again. My position now is 'Development Manager', which meaning MORE meetings, MORE documentations, MORE researches etc. I DO like R&amp.. but I like programming more. I mean, I like to learn new technology and use it to design something.. program a system. I'm reporting to 2 managers. Both of them are really nice and they are willing to teach me to become a Manager, which I really thankful for that. The problem is, I don't know whether I am ready to become a manager or not. I still love doing debugging, coding and programming. I'm afraid, if I continue mymanagers' work, I'll forget about my technical skills, which I love the most.

I really want to take the MCSE and MCSD exams. But since I've been promoted to be a 'Development Manager', I do not know whether it's realiable and good for me anymore.

I know, I am earning more than my friends with my age. But I feel I'm loosing my skills and my expertise. I wanted to as to be 'demoted' back to 'System Analyst', but it would be a ridiculous request.

Please help me out.

Thanks & Regards.

uc

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by RealGem In reply to Manager in Dilemma

There's no easy answer. If you stay in management, then your technical skills will eventually fade away as they are replaced with management skills. By the way, there are skilled managers, but quite often they are overshadowed by unskilled managers who never bothered to learn the the new skills or who refused to let go the old ones.

Asking for a demotion is not easy, but it will only get harder the longer you wait. If you choose this option, I would recommend that you do not give the impression that you would rather be doing something more fun - this might be considered insulting to those managers. Instead, try telling them that you do not feel that you are suited for the job. Of course, that will guarantee that you never get this opportunity again.

Your only other choice, as I see it, is to leave your company and go somewhere else.

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by DoubleDown In reply to Manager in Dilemma

i don't know the nature of your job description, but if it is technical in nature then you kind of get the best of both worlds. many technical managers do manage, but they also act in a technical capacity (sort of like a senior tech).

also, perhaps you are able to define your job function at least partially? or maybe you would rather have a job title/function of senior or lead programmer/analyst which would enable you to retain some of the higher pay benefits and allow you to mostly focus on the work you love.

despite all that, what it really comes down to is what makes you happy. you need to weigh one against the other and decide what you truly would rather do. no one can really decide for you, all they can do is give you thingsto think about and help you figure out what you wanted all along.

don't forget that you are not a slave to your environment, and you can choose to do what you feel you should. but also realize that you can try management for a while, and if you feel like you're losing something valuable, you can always go back. most people will understand that.

good luck!

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by udecomey In reply to Manager in Dilemma

Thanks a lot... It really make me think...

:-)

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by marabas In reply to Manager in Dilemma

Nurul,

You are conflicted because you have been promoted into a position which you don't want at the present time. You are young, and I imagine a good programmer/analyst - which is the reason you were promoted.

Being a good manager will require you to develop new skills. So if we take a step back and look: you are in a position you don't want, didn't ask for and don't have the skills for (yet). Doesn't sound like a recipe for success.

To me, the key issue is that you don't want to be a Manager, you want to be a programmer. So your chances of suceeding in the Manager role are already reduced.

My advice: go back to beiong a programmer and do what you love. You are young and always can go back to managing when you havethe desire. I would have a "heart-to-heart" talk with the two managers about this. If they are good managers, then they will recognize that you will be sucessful and add value in the programmer role, and work with you to trnasition you back to it. (maybe as a Project Lead).

Good luck and remember to keep your perspective on what's important to you.

MA

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