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Certifications or a Master Degree? - Concerning Matthew Moran's book

Igor Dimitrov
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Hi Matthew,

Does your book cover any of the following topics or answer the following questions? - What to do after graduating from college? Is it better for undergraduates to continue their education with Master studies, or try and get as many as possible professional certifications. Or maybe jump into an open job position, start up their own bussiness, freelance ...? Should computer science undegraduates who opt for master srtudies choose master studies in computer science also or maybe opt for something that will give them more versatility, like software project management? If it doesn't, maybe you can have your opinion on it here.

Anyway, it seems like a book I would love to read.

Thanks,

Igor
Matthew Moran
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Igor,

I do not cover anything like, "get this cert" or "get this degree" - those are personal goal questions. I do discuss, in detail, proactive strategies for finding work and excelling at the work you do.

My personal advice is to get some real project experience as quickly as possible. As stated in other threads, this may be best accomplished through smaller organizations or interning. But, that helps both your skill level and helps you meet people.. Networking being one of the most under-utilized but powerful tools in your career toolkit.

Quick note on that.. I do not EVER say, "It's not what you know, it's who you know!" That is a cynical and short-sighted statement.

In my book, I've adjusted it to:

It's who knows you and knows what you know!

It is important to be known and that those who know you, have some knowledge of what you do.


Matthew Moran
http://www.MatthewMoranOnline.com
Igor Dimitrov
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Matthew Moran wrote:
It's who knows you and knows what you know!

It is important to be known and that those who know you, have some knowledge of what you do.


I Agree.

This may be a little off topic, but, it may help better prepare for finding work, so what's your opinion on gaining versatility with different undergraduate and graduate programme? Should one continue with the same type of graduate programme as the undergraduate?

Thanks,

Igor
Matthew Moran
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Hmm... I'm probably go more counter to the "education first" model you seem to be drawn towards...

Versatility, in my opinion, would be better achieved by having a broad interest base and finding mentors/leaders in various disciplines. Read books that take you outside of I.T. into:
- Marketing
- Manufacturing
- Project Management
- Creativity
- Sales
- Finance/Accounting
- Management

Also, consider business leader auto-biographies. I am almost done with "The Billionaire Who Wasn't: How Chuck Feeney Secretely Made and Gave Away a Fortune" - about the founder of Duty Free Shoppers.

I believe understanding the motivation and mindset of entrepreneurs and business leaders will make you a better I.T. professional.
Campbell Ritchie
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Matthew Moran wrote: . . . I do not EVER say, "It's not what you know, it's who you know!" . . .
But there is some truth in it. That is usually said pejoratively and disparagingly, but there is a good interpretation:-

People are much more useful, and valuable, than things.
Igor Dimitrov
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Sounds like a great advice. Thanks again Matthew, I really appreciate it.

Good luck with your book.
 
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