I get questions from several people on ‘I have good experience in IT industry but as a people manager for last few years. Will learning Hadoop help me?’.
There is definitely no reason why learning a new technology will not help, that too in IT industry. If you are already working as an Architect or a Senior Manager or PreSales lead, there are some skills you would have acquired such as Management, handling customer escalations, building and nurturing a team, handling people issues, handling delivery issues, handling presales or proposals – these are valuable skills for which lot of folks are paying a huge amount to MBA colleges to acquire these skills. The new technology such as Hadoop will be an additional skill and combined with your existing skills, you can easily become a Hadoop Architect or Hadoop Senior Manager or Hadoop PreSales lead etc – for which there is rarely any competition in the market as the technology itself is new and hardly anybody is there with 10 years of experience in Hadoop itself except few guys in Google, Amazon or Facebook.
It is in our hands to identify our own strengths and convert them to an advantage for us. This will be a win win for you and your company too, as the companies are looking for folks who are proactive and develop their own additional skills. Every IT Company CEO has told that the technology disruption is the single biggest challenge in front of their companies.
Please remember that Rome is not built in a single day. So starting a journey to learn and keeping yourself motivated is very important. Even if it takes bit more time, or even double the time, the journey and the results will be worthwhile. One year from now, you would rather be happy that you started to learn and take charge of your career proactively, rather than regret that you are stuck at the same situation.
I have personally seen few folks who have successfully changed their career path within the same company or in a different company.
Changing within the same company: I have seen my friend who was earlier in a Mainframe technology and was a people’s manager at offshore. He was transferred to onsite as a Hadoop program manager. He had to struggle for first 2 to 3 months but with the help of continuous learning and his hard work, he made a good mark for himself.
I have personally trained few folks who had experience in Oracle and few folks who had experience in Teradata to switch to Hadoop successfully.
It is a common trend in IT industry that for new technologies the senior folks with good learnability skills are recruited from other technologies and they in turn mentor or create their own teams. The folks who lead such learnability for self and for their teams get good rewards too apart from their own reskilling.
Changing to a different company: I have seen a friend who had invested in some trainings and own personal time to learn Hadoop and since he could not opportunity within his own company, he found multiple opportunities in other companies and chose the best one among them.