Hi I am a senior software engineer having 4+(excluding my leave) experience in development. Presently I am working on ASP .net 2.0.
I was on maternity leave for almost 10 months. I was not able to upgrade my knowledge during this period. Even Now with the baby i am not able to upgrade and as you all know, now new versions of .net is in market (Silver light, LINQ, WPF, WWF, WCF, MVC.. & many more)
My project is a maintenance project which has less development and more of database queries.
I am feeling low and depressed as i am not able to make time for my knowledge upgradation.
I am thinking of shifting from development to testing. I am worried about the experience, whether it will be carried or not. I am not able to come to a conclusion and i even want to change the company as i am feeling very low when compared to my peers. This is making me loose interest in my career.
I would request everyone on this forum to please suggest me some tips and ideas. It would help me a lot to take decision and move ahead in my career.
Thanks in Advance
Sainath's Advice on Saturday, October 23, 2010 :
Firstly, while the number of technologies one needs to know is higher in number - WCF,WWF,WPF,Silverlight,Entity,LINQ,etc none of these are very hard to master in my opinion. The fact is that programming has become easier than ever before.
Shifting from development to testing will not necessarily solve the problem - even in that area you will need to build specialist skills to progress careerwise. Moreover - external changes will definitely not solve the problem.
Majority of people are not necessarily working on projects of their choice - which will help them build skills. But most people who successfully cope with the technology change have 1 habit in common - the discipline of learning something new every single day. In your case as well you will need to create that 1 hr slot daily to learn something new (with your enhanced home responsibilities) and start reskilling yourself afresh. One thing is certain - over the long haul, the people for whom knowledge upgradation has become a daily habit are the ones who will succeed big-time in the long term.I hated every minute of training, but I said, ''Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.''
- Muhammad Ali