I worked for three years as a business unit's marketing manager, gaining a great reputation, solid annual reviews, becoming a certified high-potential, and carrying a promising career development plan in the marketing concentration.
When my business unit was recently dissolved, the company wanted to keep me, but instead of placing me in a marketing role elsewhere, they made me a product line manager of a highly technical product set. It was a promotion on paper, but all the while I questioned if it was the right next step for my career. All my PLM peers had engineering degrees and decades of hands-on product experience.
Five months in, it's clear this isn't a good role for me. I'm treading water, managing a 27-year veteran who completely resents having a much younger/less experienced individual manage him, and am typically lost when customers/sales asks "do we have the technical capability to manufacture this product?" I have asked to be moved into a marketing role only to be told, "what you're doing now is practically all marketing." It's not. It's new product development, meetings with R&D, feasibility studies, and only a little focus on product promotions (my favorite part). I don't know how I'll be able to succeed in this role when I know so little.
What should I do? And why would my company put me in a role that deviated so far from my career development plan? I went from loving my job to absolutely dreading Mondays.