I'm Outsourcing My Job

I recently wrote about how I replaced myself with a robot at work, and while I didn't really mean that I was actually getting a robot to do my job, though that might be kind of cool. I meant that I was detaching myself emotionally from my coworkers and optimizing my efficiency at my work.

This time I'm outsourcing my job, and I'm actually being more serious about it than I was about the robot thing. My company is sending me to India for 4 months to train new developers to do my job over in Hyderabad.

I've already bought my plane tickets so there's basically no turning back now. So it's finally about as official as it gets. To be fair, the goal of this is more of a global expansion than it really is about outsourcing my job. My job is not actually in danger here, but if everything goes well with this expansion then there might be less of a need for more developers over here in the US.

The first thing that a lot of people have asked me is if I want to go. I'm excited to be going, I had the option to say no if I wasn't comfortable with it. I know some of the reasons I was chosen for this assignment was because my company knows that I like to travel, I don't have a family so it's not like I'm leaving anyone behind, and I know my job well.

I love to travel and I always thought it would be interesting to live in another country. So this is a great trial experience without actually have to actually pay for where I'm living. There's very few jobs that will let you move to a foreign country, let alone many companies that will actually pay to send you there.

As a software engineer I think that this is really a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to travel like this for work. The purpose of most software is that you can do it from anywhere so why would a company need to send you somewhere else to do it.

I'm excited to see what comes of this. I feel like I've been needing this escape from my regular routine.

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  1. Hi Zee

    It's a great opportunity - a couple of my friends were sent over to India too for their work (IT and process training) and they've said it was the best work experience of their lives and they never regretted it, especially as they said India wasn't a country that was on their list to travel to (for holiday) so having flights and accommodation paid for was a real bonus.

    When will you be leaving?

    Wish you all the best and hope you get to see a lot of the country.

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    1. Weenie,

      India has actually been near the top of my travel list for a while now, I just never had the timing right for what I wanted. I always wanted to go around February so I could see Holi, but that's just not in the cards I guess. I'm leaving on the 26th of June and returning on October 31st, so I won't get to see their festival of lights in November either :(

      Another reason I haven't gone is because the time difference is exactly 12 hours different so I wanted to be able to go for a long enough of a time that I would be able to adjust to the time change. I think 4 months will be enough for that though :)

      -Zee

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  2. Hi Zee,

    My bro did a year out in India, in Bangalore. Said it was brilliant. Took a bit of time to settle as it is so different to the UK. I went out to visit for 3 weeks last year and it was amazing.

    I am jealous. Go see some tea plantations in the south, it was stunning.

    Mr Z

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    1. Mr. Zombie,

      Tea plantations in the south, check! I have that added to my list of things to do, I'm sure I'll have a lot of interesting weekends coming up later this year.

      -Zee

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  3. Sounds like an awesome opportunity. Four months is a nice stretch of time. It should give you plenty of time to get a good feeling for the country and do some local traveling. Be sure to keep us posted. Also, I'll be interested to see how this affects your team transition at work, if at all.

    Be sure to enjoy a bunch of good food while you're over there, and have fun!

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    1. Bearded Dragon,

      I don't really think that this will impact my team transition. I know exactly when I'm going to change teams so that should be happening. But at the same time I also know that originally I was changing teams to take on more of a lead role with a large client. But since that client is local to California I know they are going to put someone else on their studies while I am gone.

      So there is the possibility that I might not get the position I'm after when I get back, but I will get other invaluable experience (and experiences) while I'm gone which makes it more than worth it to me.

      I'm also glad that I love Indian food, if I didn't then that would be a lot harder.

      -Zee

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    2. Yeah, the experience certainly seems worth it regardless of whether or not it affects your transition. Sounds like a great way to explore a foreign country. Also, only crazy people don't like Indian food. Delicious.

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  4. Zee,

    What an awesome opportunity for you! Four months abroad on company business sounds like a dream, especially because it breaks the grind of your daily life without any risk whatsoever.

    Let's hope you have enough free time in the evenings and weekends to enjoy the country and experience the culture!

    Cheers,
    NMW

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    1. NMW,

      Thanks, I know it's a great opportunity! It's like a risk free trial at seeing what it's like moving somewhere completely new! I'm sure I'll have free time on weekends to explore. I'm sure that my company expects me to take off time while I'm there.

      -Zee

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