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Fear of facing a new boss and fear of facing new people will be the topmost on my list. I have established rapport with the current teams and know everyone. It is easier even to meet new people because I feel protected by my company and the familiarity of it's surroundings.
It's not so much coming out of my comfort zone. I am very comfortable meeting new people. It's about re-establishing relationships and it takes time to get to know people and work with them.
My biggest concern would be that others might consider me joining their group as competition so they might start compete with you rather than complementing you.
I think that depends very much on the organization culture, whether changing roles is common or encouraged by the company. And then it depends on the person's character whether he/she wants to try new things, and volunteers the change. Mind you very often even you don't change role, the role itself evolves over time, maybe due to latest technology or method of doing business etc. So one should expect constant change of working environment anyway.
Thanks for sharing your comments Deepesh, Rami, and Dominic.
My biggest concern would probably be establishing credibility. I might be completely unknown in the new area, so the credibility I spent years building in my old area will be lost, and would have to reconstructed from the ground up. My lack of credibility might also hinder my ability to effectively accomplish things, which could be disastrous.
Eric brings up a pretty good point - credibility.
That said, any challenge faced does not necessarily have to be negative. It can be exciting to realize your readiness to move to a new challenge. Challenges promote growth.
Here are a variety of ways to walk that path: Partner with PM, BAs or others in the organization you want to move into. You'll always have competition; don't let fear be an obstacle. Let someone know of your interest with an information interview/chat. Start looking for assignments where you can obtain some experience in the area you want to move into, if you have a good relationship with your boss let them know of your interest to transition into a new role, update your resume and interview skill-sets and start networking with others in your organization. You should always have a current resume, a 30 second pitch speech, and current references. The biggest thing you'll have to convey to any interviewer is why should they take a risk on you, why you want to transition out of your current role and how you standout from other candidates. Good luck!
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