Next move: Change direction or accept redundancy?

At 52 years of age, my post as systems manager is being made redundant. I am being offered the opportunity to apply for a post as...

At 52 years of age, my post as systems manager is being made redundant. I am being offered the opportunity to apply for a post as "business improvement officer" (basically a business analyst post assisting the manager). Should I go for this post, which in effect both demotes me and takes me away from my chosen hands-on IT career, or take redundancy and run the risk of still being out of work when my redundancy money runs out?

Take post, train, and move up the ladder

Ultimately you must do what makes you happy, but the business improvement role will certainly give you more strings to your bow and offer the opportunity to understand IT from a business perspective.

Businesses increasingly view IT as an opportunity to gain competitive advantage, so understanding how IT can contribute to profitability

and having the opportunity to research the market could be an exciting prospect.

This would add significant weight to any future applications for management roles. Using this post as a springboard, you could probably justify some training through your employer, such as an accredited ITIL service management-related course, which could set you on a path of progression in a new area.

Armed with both the technical expertise and business acumen within IT, you will be ideally placed to secure an even higher position with another company when the time is right.

Although the jobs market has picked up, taking redundancy and hoping to get a post before the money runs out is a big risk that you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to avoid.

Stay safe, learn and apply new skills, and improve your chances of getting a more senior position in one to two years’ time.

Solution by Robert Nunn, senior account manager, Plan-Net Services

The panel: Plan-Net Services, Spring Group, E-Skills UK, BCS, Computer Futures, Hudson, Elan, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology.

E-mail your career questions to computerweekly@rbi.co.uk

This was last published in February 2005

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