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By srasmusen-67964798 ·
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I am a lawyer who has decided to change careers and am coming to the end of a Masters in Information Systems Management at Stirling University in Scotland. The course is very much oriented towards management rather than IT skills, though I've done intro's to Java, HTML, SQL, Networking etc.

I am 43 and am not getting any intervews for graduate training programmes with big employers.I need more training before being of any use to a big employer. I think I am not getting anywhere with these programmes because of my age. Salary levels in SME's are low (less than ?20,000pa)so I am thinking of IT contracting.

I do not have any hard IT skills which I can sell in the job market, so I am thinking about doing an MCSE qualification. My ultimate aim is to get into IT project management (though I know this will take a number of years).

I would hope, after getting my MCSE, to be able to start in a support position somewhere and then within a relatively short time (12 - 18 months) move out into the contracting world.

Is this a realistic way forward? Anyone respnding please remember I am in the UK, though all help appreciated.

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by RJBoudreaux Contributor In reply to Career

I can only tell you that where you are from and your age should not matter as much as what your skill sets are and your experience. I too made the jump and career change two years ago, having spent 18 years in the restaurant industry. I started making the change four years ago by attending night school, and obtained my Bachelors degree in Business Information Systems two years ago.

I was in the same boat you are in, almost finished with school and chomping at the bit to land that first IT position. My first job was as a contractor working at the local nuclear plant IT department; I stayed as a contractor for a year and a half before landing my current position as Network Administrator for a medium sized company.

Get your resume updated and list all your skills, courses taken, certifications, and any IT related experience you may have. In your cover letter explain your desire to make the ?jump? and any non-professional IT or computer experience you may have that will show your interest. Then get the word out to all the contracting companies that are hiring, make sure they have your resume in hand. It took me almost a year of sending out resumes before I got that first offer. Having a job already in the restaurant field made it easier to make the switch, as I am sure it is for you being a lawyer.

Good luck and I hope this helps!

Ryan

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by PENGUINSRULE In reply to Career

Forget about the MCSE and start concentrating on being a project manager. It'll be a good fit for you. The Project Management Institute is the first place I would start -

www.pmi.org

They have TONS of books on Project Management available for purchase, and they can direct you as to certification and training programs.

hope this helps.
THANKS

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