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moumi das
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:24 am    Post subject: Career Guidance Query
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Hi ,

I am working as a production and support engineer .
But i wish to work as a developer .
Added to this we owns testing images so we have a good exposure
to cobol and DB2 , Rexx , JCL.
We have automated many manual tasks using Rexx .
Is it possible to change the role from support engineer to developer ?
Is it good to opt for this change ?
Are companies willing to give opportunities to production and support engineer to work in a different role ?

Thanks & Regards,
Moumi
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dick scherrer

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:35 am    Post subject:
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Hello,

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Is it possible to change the role from support engineer to developer ?
Often, yes. You need to explain to your management that this is what you want to do. If they are not aware of your desire to change to development, they cannot help you get there.

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Is it good to opt for this change ?
This completely depends on what you consider "good". What do you want to do (or believe you want to do) for the next several years?

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Are companies willing to give opportunities to production and support engineer to work in a different role ?
Good companies are. . . Good companies would rather keep good people and let them grow rather than lose them altogether.

Keep in mind that even if they are willing to change your assignment, it may take a while due to the current needs of the organization (i.e. replacing you) and having an entry level position available in applications development.
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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:29 pm    Post subject:
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The answer is -- it depends and it depends on lots of conditions. What is your location, what is you want to do as Dick has also pointed out about it, what actually excites you, do you get enough wages to pay your bills, do you .. do you... .

I've been working in Application Development since inception and I do not like it these days - okay, before you start thinking again - yes opinions vary. Positive side is (if it is) as a "Software Developer", anytime I can stay away from maintaining someone else's code. However, depending on the set-up at your shop both of them could be coding jobs. There are some articles over the web, read through them: Click
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