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To specialized or to diversify?

By chowlyefong ·
I am facing a dilemma on deciding whether I should stay in my current specialization as a Lotus Notes specialist, or to take up a new job which required me to learn on other technologies like Java and .NET. While I still have the passion in doing Lotus Notes, the new job catch my interest because it gives me a chance to diversify and learn up on other technologies/languages. However, switching would mean that I will lost touch with Lotus Notes.

I am not sure if switching is the way to go. Opportunity for advancement looks good on both, with the new one paying slightly more currently. In my current job, I have already advanced up to the level of project management, but will have to take a step back in the new one since I do not have experience in the technologies they are using at the moment. However, the new one does present the potential to advance up to project management in future.

I heard that my current team will be restructured soon and I might got into a new team at present job to do Websphere - an equally exciting challenge as presented in the new job offer. Should I stay and keep my specialization in Lotus Notes while learning Websphere? Or should I take up the new job to learn on the more commonly used Java and .NET? Any advise will be much appreciated. Thanks.

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by Info-Safety, LLC In reply to To specialized or to dive ...

Are you happy with your current employer? This should weigh heavily on a decision to stay and learn new technologies or move on to another employer and other technologies. There is no guarantee that you will enjoy working for another employer, but it is a risk worth taking if you are not happy where you are.

I hope this helps.

Craig Herberg

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by chowlyefong In reply to Career advice

Yes, you are right. Actually I am quite OK with my current employer except that I dislike the uncertainty surrounding the future of my team (and of course my job). Besides that, perhaps I should admit that I seek challenges and looking forward to learn more while I am still young. My current skillset offers somewhat limited opportunities for further expansion since it is not very popular in my country/region. That's is why I start to consider if it is time to move on and learn up other skillsets.

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