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Job Functionality Change - Career Obstacle Help

Job Functionality Change - Career Obstacle Help

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To give some background to my current situation:

I took on a position with my current company primarily to get experience in incident investigation, depositions, etc as my future career goals have been focused on breaking into forensic engineering.

My day to day tasks however consist of very mundane (and what I deem) non-engineering-related work. I attend many meetings, I am involved in design reviews, risk assessments, service bulletin development. These are tasks I tolerate so I can do the work I really love which is the incident investigation. Recently, there has been a total restructuring in which a new legal department has been created and will handle all the investigation, claims, legal matters leaving our group who was originally in charge of that to do the "other stuff".

My department is very short staffed (myself and my manager) and I feel like this is a conversation I need to have with my manager very soon because the premise of moving into this position was to gain the experience from work that will now no longer be handled by me. My concerns here are that if I display any form of dissatisfaction with my "new role", will that give management the idea that I am looking to jump ship and could potentially jeopardize my job currently?

The professional side of me says that I need to be honest and up front about this with my manager (he is a good guy for the most part and did tell me to come to him with my concerns).

The cynical side of me thinks that if I have this conversation it may play negatively against me since this company has a high turn over.

Thoughts on my situation?

RE: Job Functionality Change - Career Obstacle Help

Usually, lawyers aren't engineers and engineers aren't lawyers. Offer to be used as a resource for the legal department whenever they want an engineering opinion, cross your fingers they take you up on it.

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