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Suzi Cooper
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Joined: Jul 23, 2005
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Hi Guys!

Need a bit of career advice...I have been working in the Java web development field for almost 5 years. I have worked on various technologies/ frameworks/platforms : Struts, jsp, javascript, Oracle, Linux,ibatis,JBoss
I am not sure as to how to progress forward in my career....should I be acquiring more management/business skills or enhancing my technical skills ?
I switched jobs 10 months ago hoping that i would be more involved in project management aspect but i have found myself writing only Java code for most of the time.

Should i look for another job in this recession?
Any advice/suggestions?
Sunit Gupta
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Joined: Jul 21, 2008
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If you're keen on Project Management, acquire a PMP certification and then ask for a team lead / project lead role either in your current company or elsewhere.

After having spent a couple of years in those roles, you can move on to a full time managerial role.
Suzi Cooper
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Thanks..i will checkout this option.
Sunit Gupta
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You can also opt for executive courses from MBA institutes / ICFAI / CFA to acquire domain knowledge in your desired area and become a Business Analyst (more employable than a pure manager).
Suzi Cooper
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I have just been reading about PMP certification....the criteria requires at least 4 years of project management which i don't have.

I have also considered the option of MBA but I would prefer to do it part-time so as to fund my study(I am based in UK at the moment).But part- time MBAs take about 2 years for completion.
[ July 28, 2008: Message edited by: Suzi Cooper ]
Sree Chinna
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Joined: Jul 15, 2008
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Originally posted by Suzi Cooper:

Any advice/suggestions?


Check your PM.
Sunit Gupta
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As per the Wikipedia site, you can go for Certified Associate in Project Management if you don't qualify for PMP, however I've seen my friends going for and clearing this certificate without fulfilling this criteria, all that they did was attend a week long training (On company expenses )and appear for the exam.

For Business Analyst positions, you can check out the Executive MBA or other similar options in UK or can go for a world renowned degree like CFA (quite tough but very rewarding).
Suzi Cooper
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As far as I can gather CFA is more targeted towards investment professionals than IT people. That would be a complete change of career stream.
Sunit Gupta
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CFA can be used for different purposes.

You can go for a 'Analyst cum Developer' type of role in finance hubs of the world like London / NY / Hong Kong / Singapore / Tokyo etc. after completing CFA (most common role in these places) where CFA is the most sought after qualification for this role.

With your prior technical background, you would be an ideal fit for this role.

However CFA is tough and takes a lot of time to complete.
Suzi Cooper
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Right...i never looked at it from that perspective.Thanks for the info.
arulk pillai
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try to break into some level of leadership role like a team lead etc. Also make sure that you write a resume that promotes you as a well ronded professional with both technical and soft skills as opposed to just a techie.


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