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My manager wants me to learn a new technology that I am absolutely not interested in. What should I do?
Verwin Posted Date Posted on 16/7/2019
Verwin Count 4 Answers
Verwin Sunil KP Sunil KP Verwin Posted DateAnswered on 21/7/2019Expert

Hello Madhumitha,

Learning a new technology is always good. I am sure you have your own reasons why you may not be interested. But, before you take any decision think of these…

There must be a reason why your manager wants to build a new skill within the team. He/she would have also thought through as to who is the best person within the team who is best suited for this and only then had a chat with you. It is indeed a very positive thing that you have been identified for this, Have a discussion with you manager to understand these.

Now think of your own long term career aspirations. Evaluate if learning this technology and the opportunity that comes with the new learns help build your career forward.

Also remember never to underestimate the time and effort that will be required from your end to complete the learning program and mastering it subsequently.

Think through all these and then take an informed decision.

Make sure you have a discussion with you manager explaining the reasons whatever your decision may be so that there is complete transparency and no ambiguity later.

Verwin Madhumitha V Madhumitha V Verwin Posted DateAnswered on 17/7/2019

Change is constant and it's imperative that we keep ourselves updated. Personally I feel that saying no to learning new things is not a great approach. But it is definitely your right to say no. However, if the company has plans of shifting completely to this new technology then you will miss out or worse, be even asked to look for employment elsewhere.

HAving said that, I don't think that in reality it will be so extreme. If you want to continue to stick to your current expertise, share that with your manager and ask him if you can move to another team that will find your skills useful. There might be some other manager in your company trying to hire your exact same skill set from the market, and you could very well get that opportunity. So be open about your aspirations and try to align it with that of the organization. It will be a win-win for everyone.

Verwin Suresh  Babu Suresh Babu Verwin Posted DateAnswered on 17/7/2019

It's important to understand why you don't want to take up this opportunity. Most people jump at a chance to learn new things, that too when your employer is paying for it. Do you feel that once you learn this new technology your employer will ask you to shift completely to this new technology at work? If that's the fear have a discussion with your manager. He might be able to give you clarity in terms of if and when and how soon you might need to transition to this new technology. If company is planning to shift you and a few other employees to this technology then the option is to learn it and perform or move on to another organization.

Verwin Vandana Narayanan Vandana Narayanan Verwin Posted DateAnswered on 16/7/2019

I think it's a great opportunity to learn something new. There is no harm in learning one more technology. I'd say go for it!

My manager wants me to learn a new technology that I am absolutely not interested in. What should I do?

Hello Madhumitha,

Learning a new technology is always good. I am sure you have your own reasons why you may not be interested. But, before you take any decision think of these…

There must be a reason why your manager wants to build a new skill within the team. He/she would have also thought through as to who is the best person within the team who is best suited for this and only then had a chat with you. It is indeed a very positive thing that you have been identified for this, Have a discussion with you manager to understand these.

Now think of your own long term career aspirations. Evaluate if learning this technology and the opportunity that comes with the new learns help build your career forward.

Also remember never to underestimate the time and effort that will be required from your end to complete the learning program and mastering it subsequently.

Think through all these and then take an informed decision.

Make sure you have a discussion with you manager explaining the reasons whatever your decision may be so that there is complete transparency and no ambiguity later.

Verwin Sunil KP
Answered on: 21/7/2019

Change is constant and it's imperative that we keep ourselves updated. Personally I feel that saying no to learning new things is not a great approach. But it is definitely your right to say no. However, if the company has plans of shifting completely to this new technology then you will miss out or worse, be even asked to look for employment elsewhere.

HAving said that, I don't think that in reality it will be so extreme. If you want to continue to stick to your current expertise, share that with your manager and ask him if you can move to another team that will find your skills useful. There might be some other manager in your company trying to hire your exact same skill set from the market, and you could very well get that opportunity. So be open about your aspirations and try to align it with that of the organization. It will be a win-win for everyone.

Verwin Madhumitha V
Answered on: 17/7/2019

It's important to understand why you don't want to take up this opportunity. Most people jump at a chance to learn new things, that too when your employer is paying for it. Do you feel that once you learn this new technology your employer will ask you to shift completely to this new technology at work? If that's the fear have a discussion with your manager. He might be able to give you clarity in terms of if and when and how soon you might need to transition to this new technology. If company is planning to shift you and a few other employees to this technology then the option is to learn it and perform or move on to another organization.

Verwin Suresh  Babu
Answered on: 17/7/2019

I think it's a great opportunity to learn something new. There is no harm in learning one more technology. I'd say go for it!

Verwin Vandana Narayanan
Answered on: 16/7/2019