I have been working at my company as a developer/engineer for about a year now, and over that time I have developed skills in mobile development while working on a project for this position.
Recently, I was contacted by someone else within the company asking if I wanted to transfer positions to a full-time mobile developer role, which would come with a promotion in rank and salary, though more specific information wasn't available.
The thing is, I'm not entirely sure if I want to start on that career path, as, from what I've seen within my company (which is not a software company), developers don't make it into management very often; they more often become internal (though well-paid) consultants.
I can certainly meet with other managers concerning to gather more details about this possible transfer, but here are my questions:
- How should I approach following up with cautious interest about this new position without giving the current team I'm on the wrong feeling that I'm looking to jump ship?
- At what point should I discuss this situation with my current manager (who will most definitely want to keep me on my current team)?
- If I find the potential transfer and new career path unsuitable, how do I turn them down if I've sought a lot of details and interest about the position?