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IT Career Path for new graduate

By cbeshears ·
I have recently completed my bachelor degree in CSI. Currently, I work at a small manufacturing plant where I do general IT (web development, systems, help desk); however, my ultimate goal is Project Management.

1) In your opinion, what is the better route to follow to enter PM? Administration (System Administrator) or Development (.NET)?

2) How important are certifications at a "junior" level (where I currently am in my career)? Which ones are advisable (such as MCSA/MCSD)?

3) Should I pursue an MBA or PMP or both? How much experience does one usually have before entering PM?

Thanks for your help in advance!

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my advice

by jck In reply to IT Career Path for new gr ...

I'd say it depends on your choice of Project Management. Going to manage software or infrastructure?

In my case if I had some desire to manage again, I'd go into software PM and pursue the MBA.

Certs will be helpful as a junior person, somewhat, depending on your place of work. Some managers value it, some don't.

Good luck with that. I grew up about 2.5 hours from were you are. Go Sooners!

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by cbeshears In reply to my advice

Thanks for your advice. Appreciate it.

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Who do you want to B?

by Owaga In reply to IT Career Path for new gr ...

Too many people have this misconception that success is spelt MBA. But it all boils down to what you want for your self. I can tell you right now that having a certification alone, or an MBA and this is especially true with project management, with little experience is not only going to be a waste, but it will prove very frustrating for you when you do start working. I for one moved from a software developer role to a help desk role to an infrastructure administration role to now framework and PM.
In conclusion i would say get a certification relevant to your line of work now first e.g. MCTS, ITIL/COBIT, PRINCE2 foundation etc. an MBA is nice to have but not necessary to be a great PM and certainly not worth getting if you haven't earned your strips.

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