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career focus!

 
lusha tak
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I have over 9 yrs of exp in IT industry in various roles ( from May june 2000 to April 2009) - from java developer, team lead, project lead, onsite offshore coordinator, business analyst to project manager. I am PMP certified Project Manager and have also cleared SCJP and SCWCD exams, though scattered over all these years.Last year i decided to take break from work and pursue things i always wanted to such as photography, cooking, travel, and other such stuff. Now i feel like coming back to work, however since i will have to start fresh in the sense i have been out of it for almost a year I am thinking of pursuing SCEA first and then enter market (as when i look back i enjoyed my work the most when i was hands on with development or was involved in analysis and design. definitely way more than when i was a project manager). however i will still not prefer to do typical 9 to 7 job and may be rather do some consultancy work on part time basis with small or medium size companies or may be some free lance work over the interet. Does such opportunities exist in today's job market? also will i be able to get good grasp of techincal concepts by studying for SCEA. I have done only very limited techincally challenging work in my overall IT career so far.

Please share your thoughts and advice.

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Lusha
 
Jimmy Clark
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http://www.contractedwork.com/
 
Deepak Bala
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Are you from India ? Contract work in India is difficult to find and is often not paid for well unless you are consulting for a specific niche and your knowledge expertise in good.

People who can do that can earn good money. For example, a documentum consultant used to earn well a few years back (not sure how it is now). If your skills match a niche it will be to your favor.

As for being happy, you need to do what you love. If it happens to be something that involves a niche, that's a double whammy !
 
lusha tak
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Thanks Deepak for sharing your thoughts. Yes i am from India and at the moment trying to indentify what that niche area can be. I personally feel more comfortable with this approach rather than being all over the place. From your post it looks like SCEA is also too broad in your opinion. isnt it? any inputs on what niche area i can pick looking at my background and skill set so far.

Thanks Jimmy for the link.

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Lusha
 
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Organizations usually expect consultants to have prior experience in whatever niche it is that they want to pursue. Any reason you are targeting to become a consultant ? Have you considered holding a full time position ?

You can pursue the SCEA if you want to. Another certification will certainly not hurt
 
lusha tak
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Thanks Deepak again for your thoughtful inputs. I am not very keen on full time position as I feel it will come in my work-life balance. I am a married woman and far too often i have obeserved my female colleagues are torn between home and work responsibilties which often leads to unrequired stress in life. If possible i would like to avoid it. I am just trying to explore all career options at this stage before i commit myself to something. SCEA being one of them. I hope i will soon find my way out of this confusion.

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Lusha
 
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Lusha,
I don't think many places would hire a "part time architect." I agree with the above advice to focus on something you can actually do part time. And it may not be Java.
 
lusha tak
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Thanks Jeanne for sharing your thoughts
 
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