career advice - advancement

echo3echo3 Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 13 ■□□□□□□□□□
I am going to start working on a new college degree in business, possibly finance or management or continue with IS? Which path do you guys think would help complement my IT background? I have currently worked 7 years and network-system admin stuff. I Have an associates degrees in IS, net+ MCSA, MCTS. Any advice on where I should go from here for career advancement. I kind of want to move out of the server room so I can make more money.



  • n3tw0rk3rn3tw0rk3r Member Posts: 17 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I would say it really depends on what you want to do.

    If you want to stay within the field of IT, I'd obviously recommend going with the IS degree. However, if you feel you need a change, finance isn't a bad option. What I would not do though is go after a plain business degree, from what I have learned, it is one of the more useless degrees out there (unless obtained from a top business school - which usually requires students to double major in something such as finance, accounting, IS, etc).

    If you want to go into management, imo, it's much better to start with your foot in a technical degree for your bachelor's and look for a good MBA program down the road. Alternatively, you could always get a bachelor's and work on a PMP certification, as well - assuming you have the necessary experience.

    At the end of the day though, it really does just come down to what you want to do and what you feel more comfortable doing.
  • cknapp78cknapp78 Member Posts: 213 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Agreed. If you are looking to move out of the Server Room and into more of a Design or IT Project Mgr role then I would definitely focus on an IT degree. Also...have you looked into pursuing a higher level certification to advance your degree? I see that you have your MCSA completed. Have you considered upgrading to an MCITP:EA or higher? How about taking your Net+ and moving up the Cisco path?

    I think you are right on schedule as far as trying to move out of the Server Room and into a higher functioning role. I spent about 6.5 years working help desk and systems administration before I started specializing in Exchange and SharePoint. After almost 15 years I am now the lead messaging architect for a large oil/energy company and working on migrating Exchange 2010 out to 96 sites over 33 countries. Been here 4 weeks now and there are some days I already look back with fondness on the old Server Room days. *SIGH*
  • echo3echo3 Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 13 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the feedback; I would like to have an MBA oneday. Most the IT directors have MBAs from what I’ve researched. But I’m still not sure> I would like toupdate the certifications too and go for CCNA. But I get so burnt out doingthat stuff. It seems like every six months there some new certification thatyou have to get and if you don’t have it, it means you don’t know what you’redoing. It’s an endless cycle of crap.
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Mod Posts: 2,821 Mod
    From my experience (with large companies) it really doesn't matter if your Bachelors is in business or IT, either will help as long as you have experience and certs. I work in InfoSec and I see on plenty of job postings in that area or even others, where it asks for a Bachelors, or one in IT or business. I for one am looking to move up into security management so I am getting my BSBA and going on to my MBA. I have found some MBAs that have a specialization in MIS or Information Security Management so that is what I will go for.
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  • griffinalice29griffinalice29 Member Posts: 13 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Based on the career snapshot you've provided us, I would recommend finding an executive leadership program to enroll in. Sounds like you'd have a good shot at getting a role as an IT Executive.
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