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By adadl ·
I have a B.A in MIS, Marketing, and Business Admin-long story. I currently work as a helpdesk analyst with 4 years experience with A+ certification and am working on MCSE.
1. I would like to move to Project Management and wanted to know if thereare entry level jobs for this type of position? 2. Do I continue with my current path which is get my MCSE(even though I won't be working on the network doing Network admin. work) and look elsewhere for entry level Project jobs(if they exist) and network jobs that can hopefully lead to Project Management. What are my options?
My current employer doesn't have this type of opportunity.
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Thanks
Lou

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by McKayTech In reply to Project Management

I'm relatively new to IS so I'm sure I don't have the big picture yet, but in the organizations I have experience with, having an MCSE (or network administration experience for that matter) is not part of the career path to project management.

Inmy current organization, the usual path is Programmer/Analyst, Project Team Leader and then Project Manager.

There seems to be a thought that Network Admin and help desk are both maintainer roles rather than builder roles and Project Managers arebuilders rather than maintainers. Different skill sets, I suppose, although I personally am not certain of that.

But I think your best shot is going to be to aim for a project team position and work your way up from there.

paul

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by Elaine D. In reply to Project Management

Make your own opportunities! I don't think you need to have "project manager" in your title for you to be able to develop and practice effective project management skills.

Some steps you can take towards being a full-fledged project manager:
- Figure out what it means to be a project manager then develop and practice those skills needed.
- Read up on project management techniques and use them in your daily work life.
- Big or small, treat your work (and volunteer) tasks like projects.- Take a class in project management.
- First be a strong team member and motivator and eventually, a team lead.
- Remember to work on both your functional skills as well as your people skills!

I personally think it's more important that you beable to demonstrate that you understand what is involved and have solid experience in the skills needed than having a title's experience. There's many folks out there who have the titles on their resumes, but don't have the substance that makes them effective. If you

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by EM-Interim In reply to Project Management

First of all: it looks to me that you need to find another employer. That is if you are really eager to do projectmanagement.

The MCSE is not usefull for a career in Project Management (but I have the impression you figured that out yourself).To grow to a projectmanagement position you might consider one (or more) of the following steps:
1 Do a Projectmanagement course (there are plenty of those)
2 Try to get involved in projects doing project office tasks (archive, setup meetings, take notes at meetings, and stuff like that). This will give you the opportunity to 1: walk along with a projectleader/manager and 2: train in these project assistance skills (you still need being a projectmanager).
3 Try to work in projects as a projectmember as this will at least get you into contact with projectmanagers. You can then look at their approach of matters and possibly you can ask them how they got where they are now.
4 Combine your current expertise (I'm not really sure about this because I'm not into

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by EM-Interim In reply to Project Management

Answer of e.moen@ohra.nl (continued)

4 Combine your current expertise (I'm not really sure because I'm not into Network admin. and MCSE) with projectmanagement and try to (after al least step 1 and probably 2 or 3) sell yourself as a technical projectleader. Technical projectleaders is a not uncommon position before the one of projectmanager.

Egbert

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by dsmith In reply to Project Management

I think you should continue with your MCSE since you've already started it, plus it looks good on your resume. Project Management even in Network Administration needs Software Engineering expertise as well as Network Engineering expertise, so get some programming experience especially in the Client/Server Technologies.

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