I have a total of 10yrs of IT experience (all with my current company). I have been into J2EE development/maintenance projects all this while.
For the last 6yrs I have been leading a team of an avg size of 5. Had been in the US for a client assignment for the last 3yrs and have come back to offshore last month.
My Dilemma -
1. Though I have been a project lead for quite some time now, I dont see my promotion (to Project Manager) happening in the next year. That will make it a very high time for me if I keep waiting endlessly. Most of my peers in this company have got promoted to manager last yr itself. So that would add a lag of 2-3 yrs in my career. I suppose I can switch to another one and probably get a manager's position there.
My question - how do I prepare for the interview. my lead exp so far has been more of ensuring a smooth project delivery by tracking the day to day task. I havent done much of project management activities. Though I have done resource onboarding, appraisals etc.
2. Also, I am keen on moving into funtional domain. I am particularly interested in banking domain and would like to move into that stream. But I do not know how and what will I have to do to get there. Also, what is the nature of the job that the Domain consultants (are they equivalent to managers ?) do. Will I need to do any additional certifications/courses to get there.
Its a question which does not have a straight answer. There are organizations that are flat and you experience doesn't reflect with your profile whilst some organizations flatly see the no of years in your resume.
It depends on the organization you work for. I used to work with clients that were in the Insurance business. They considered acquiring INS certifications as an intent to learn their business better. Depending on the perspective of those you work with, what you need to do to change your line of work will vary.