I’m 23, recently graduated college. I have a very satisfying day job working for my school as a programming fellow. The pay is unfortunately really low and it compromises my grad school plans in media/design research.
In the meantime, I developed an MVP for an early stage social media startup. It’s not a marvel of engineering, but it works. The startup eventually received $200K in seed funding, and I have been (quite enthusiastically) asked to become a Scrum master for it. I’ve been with them since the beginning (two years), I like them quite a lot.
The thing is: I hate managing. Not sure it’s because I'm just bad at it, or because I would simply rather report to someone else, or both. I have never managed a team professionally, not to mention a group of software engineers. Obviously I don’t feel that a weekend course in Scrum is gonna fix a larger issue of me feeling uncomfortable in the role - those things always show, and intuition tells me that I should make a hard pass on that offer. Right now I’m just worried I'd potentially end up being a bad manager and slow down the project delivery. It’s a concern that I brought up with the founder, and he seems to downplay it, saying that I’m just underestimating my skills.
Deep down I hope to just switch to a design (UI/UX) role within the company, and having someone new do the technical management part - even if that means lower pay.
If my reasoning makes sense, how should I firmly but carefully make a case for me taking a different role within this new company?