I started my job here a little less than a year ago. We're a pretty small operations team, supporting a large number of teams within our organization. More specifically, my team consists of six members and a manager; within the past 4 months, we've lost two of our most experienced members (one external, one internal).
When I accepted the position I have now, I was under the impression that I would be doing a lot more development than I am, day-to-day. Coming from a full-time position writing C++ code, it's been an unfortunate experience sometimes when I realize I'm now writing code (scripts) for maybe a week every couple months. Though the role is consider 'DevOps', it's heavily weighted on the operations side of things... probably 90%. This isn't exactly what I was looking for, unfortunately.
My team is good, just small. I'm used to (and preferred) working on a team with dozens of people.
A position within the company (and, at the same location) came up on the careers site, and it's something that I'd really love to apply for. It's more of a full-time C++ position, and is much more closely related to what I'd like to be working on.
The issue I have is, I'm not sure how to bring up the possibility of transitioning to my manager. We're short staffed as it is (partially our fault - we've had at least one open spot since December, and have only interviewed two people) and I've only been with the company for (almost) a year. I feel like I haven't really 'paid my dues' to the manager and position I was hired for.
The company is amazing. I really don't want to leave the company. I'm willing to stay at the position I'm in now for the foreseeable future if it means I can stay with this company (benefits, culture, etc. are superb). It's just that I would rather look forward to coming to work each day. I don't dread it currently, but it by no means excites me. I want a challenge.. and I'm not so sure this position is going to offer that anytime soon.
This all boils down to two questions that I'd really appreciate some guidance on:
- How do I bring up to my manager that I want to transition to another team, after just starting about a year ago? We're short staffed as it is... should I even bring it up, or just suck it up for a while longer?
- What if I apply and interview for the position, and don't get it? Is this likely to cause an issue in how my work or effort is perceived? I don't want to explain that I'm considering transitioning to another team, not get it, and then be seen from that day on as the guy looking for a way out. I just want something more challenging than what I'm doing now.