It is common for me to encounter mid level IT executives not ready to go back into technology. Everyone wants to become a “manager” but with skewed understanding of what a manager should be doing. Rapid growth in IT sector resulted in a lot of developers to move into team lead or project manager role much faster than they would normally deserve. This resulted in the entire IT population in India to think that it is common to get elevated fast and become a manager. The demands for high salaries and promotions are common sight. To add to the problem, enthusiastic young men and women also resort to job hopping faster than they can run a 100 m sprint, just to get better salary and higher level jobs.
Just because IT business in India has been expanding, it has created an impression in the minds of young IT professionals that this will continue for ever and they deserve to be a CEO or equivalent with a fat salary even before they come out of their first annual appraisal. Growth on account of learning and performance has not been in vogue for sometime in this industry, rather job hopping can give that growth far easily.
I feel scared when I foresee the condition of majority of such shortcut guys. It is obvious that more and more transactional IT work is going to be either automated or would loose value over time, leaving little options except the staff moving to other projects. Lack of any other knowledge and low technical skills (loosing touch of technical skills too) would make them less valuable and easily vulnerable to job losses.
It is easy to see huge stagnation of large number of work force and job losses of those “shortcut” managers who do not posses real business needed skills. I only hope that better understanding prevails amongst young population and they do not shun their technical skills just to be tagged as managers.
Too many unqualified managers would only mean “Future Tense”.