So, I have been working in my job with Fujitsu for just over four months now, and I am enjoying the work, and it’s a good environment to work in. I can see myself staying on with Fujitsu for the long term.
This started a thought process in my head of where I want to go in the short and long-term and moving forward form here.
I currently have two opportunities available to me, both involving training, and not necessarily mutually exclusive, but doing one will delay the other to a degree.
Fujitsu offers both in-house and external learning, all fully funded. Internally, I can learn programming and move into a development team. Now, programming was my first love when I was growing up, and I would spend hours on my old Apple //c programming in Apple BASIC.
When I moved into the workforce I just kind of fell into doing computer and IT support and have just kinda stayed, moving form job to job, contracting, and so forth.
I now have the opportunity to get back into programming and move on from there, and this is what I was contemplating on doing.
However, an opportunity has arisen to do an external Diploma of Management course funded by Fujitsu. I am a little hesitant as I have seen how some managers work, taking work home, stories of working long days, even from home, and working on the weekends.
Now, I know not all managers do all of the above, but the prospect of long hours does give me a little pause.
I know both areas (development and management) can be stress magnets, so I’m leaving that out of the equation.
So, I’d like to solicit opinions and advice from my friends.
Which way should I move?