I am working as a chemical engineer with a strong taste of IT in the mix, in Western Europe. I work closely with the technical expert of the company who develops the software I use daily on my job, and is very mainstream in my industry.
I was wondering whether I should let him know I am looking to change.
On one hand, he knows the entire industry, and may be able to let me know a position is open somewhere, maybe even put in a good word.
On the other hand, I'm afraid it will make things weird if I finally decide to stay at my current job, or that he'll discuss this with my current colleagues.
To sum up, is that just networking, or is that too much?