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By akbar_moghal ·
Hi,

Just wanted to know what would be best career path for a person with an academic computer science background, 4 years of experience in the IT industry - project management, systems analysis and design, and an MBA qualification from a reputable university?

People say management consultancy is one area where I could be utilized nicely but having searched a lot of consultancy jobs, non mention the requirement of dual qualifications and require all the new IT related product experiences.So what can I do to make myself more marketable?

Please help .. anyone. Thanks.
Akbar

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by doninfosys In reply to Computer Science, some Ex ...

All of us in IT never stop being systems analysts. Might as well get a firm foundation there. You'll get more per hour as a consultant later, but be prepared to work on and off. You need a solid track record.

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by tbumpus In reply to Computer Science, some Ex ...

Hello Akbar,

By coincidence, I'm currently working with a client who has a similar background (a little more engineering experience) and the same education level. He's targeting Pre Sales Engineering and will probably receive a good response. It's a good way to combine the technical experience and the business education that you have.

All the best,
Tracy A. Bumpus, CPRW, JCTC
rezAMAZE.com
Austin, TX

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I am currently trying to plan out my future. I am also at the 4-5 years experience level. The two choices are either:
1) get more technical
2) get more managerial
From the sounds of your background, I would target Project Management. An MBA can really get you into that field. The technical field is getting more and more crowded with "greener" techs demanding less money than those with 5-10 years in the industry. The key is to become a solid manager, either project manager or IS/IT manager.
The way to "make yourself more marketable" is most easily done by marketing yourself as a legitimate Project Manager. If you can do it, then say it, and people will respect that confidence because that's what they need to lead their IT projects.
Good luck.

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by frank.ingold In reply to Computer Science, some Ex ...

The first question you must answer should be whether project management or technical application is where you want to go? I find that even with leading a technical project, the requirements to be an effective project manager leads to quite a different path.

Project management is a very rewarding but very demanding area staying knowledgeable in technical areas and becoming a proficient project manager requires much study. You do not have to be the technical guru but you must know your environment well enough to recruit, interview, and manage techinical personnel.

It is quite a challenge with either path but they definitely are different paths. You must give up part of the hands on techinical operation if you go to project management.

This decision is the first that help you decide which way you want to go career-wise.

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by MCSE Lee In reply to Computer Science, some Ex ...

A lot depends on your goals - if it's money you're after, project management is the way to go. If you prefer hands-on work, then go for the analysis/design path. The MBA probably suits you more toward the management track, but could be equally valuable in either. You mention 4 years experience, but not the specifics - NT, Novell, Cisco, hardware/software. As for making yourself more marketable, industry certifications are the way to go - MCSE, CNE, CCIE, etc. - these will serve you well no matter which path you choose.

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