My manager forwarded an email to me about some positions that just opened up; the location is perfect, the job description sounds perfect...
He said underneath them "Contact me first before applying to any of these". I guess when people apply internally, both managers know about it.
So I scheduled a meeting with him, sat down in his office and told him I'd like to gun for a Level 2 position (I'm Level 1).
He said that he didn't think I was ready since the Level 2 requires two years of professional experience... while he's right, I had been an intern for 1 year (full-time for 3 months of that year) and I now have been on as a Level 1 for 7 months and he told me I need an entire year more...
He told me I could try for the Level 1 doing essentially the same thing as the Level 2, but he didn't seem too enthusiastic.
Not sure what to do, he didn't react at all like I expected... if I move to the Level I, I'm not sure that will advance me other than the fact that I will be a true software developer instead of being part of IT... and my location will greatly reduce my drive time.
Should I still apply for the Level 2?