I recently joined a software development team to test out the applications they develop. I like development, but I genuinely enjoy testing, and to be perfectly honest I don't like their development environment, so I have zero interest in digging into it. (Should note that I'm new to the team, not the organization, so I've known and worked with these folks a lot.)
Most everybody seems fine with this...but there is one person who is baffled I don't want to join in on the development. He has multiple times tried to bolster my confidence by basically saying I am totally qualified to develop, and I shouldn't have to take on work beneath me since that's the boring stuff. (Sorry I'm paraphrasing a few weeks worth of conversation.)
While I appreciate his confidence, I know I'm qualified, and as I mentioned before, I like this work. In my opinion, good testing is just a different kind of problem-solving (not "beneath me"), and not a lot of developers want to do it (like this guy; hence his confusion).
This isn't the worst problem in the world to have, but it got me wondering: is there a way to convince somebody I like my job, even when they think it's a terrible job?