So here's my back story. I'm 28 and I'm working for a small (15 people) webdev company. I transitioned from web programmer to team lead about 2 years ago. Since then the team has grown from 2 (including me) to 5 and I've enjoyed the challenges of leading and managing. I started listening to the manager tools podcasts a while ago... and started one-on-ones right away! They were really beneficial. It gave me an opportunity to give feedback and let the quite folk talk up. I learnt a lot!
So about 3 weeks ago my boss, the CEO, tells me that he wants to relieve me of all the admin I'm doing so that I can concentrate on programming again. I said to him that I felt that was bad for my career; I want to be more involved in managing people not less. He said that he didn't think it was, that perhaps the opportunity would arise again some time in the future. I've been pretty dissapointed! So I've started looking for another job. The recruiter I contacted was more interested in the technology buzzwords I could come up with. We had long discussions about the kind of role I am looking for; I really want to do more management and it took me a long time to convince her of that. But she feels that I don't have enough experience, so she won't send me to interviews for the kind of position I want. Which makes me wonder, am I being naieve and overselling my abilities to myself?
So what I'm wondering, and what I would like to ask you folks is:
Am I trying for too much too quickly? Should I rather make a horizontal move to another company and try again from there? How DO I get enough applicable experience without the opportunity to earn it (the graduates dilemma)? My current position has been great in that I've had the freedom to experiment. But it's effectively been informal. Am I marketing myself badly or, like I wondering above, fooling myself?
thanks for taking the time to read this!
Gavin van Lelyveld