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Moving from IT engineer to managerial role

Hello, i am software Developer by profession . I want to switch my role from Technical into Managerial Task. What should be the way from switching? about MBA i cant do a full time and i have different HR's asked about distance MBA , they told me that its not that worth. SO WHAT SHOULD I DO ? I had small talk with Surabhi Dewra (counsellor of this site) she told to do MBA distance from reputed institute like IIM, IMT ghaziabad etc but will it make a difference . THERE IS ADs in paper from IIM Lucknow and Manipal Joint course for MBA ? is that good ?

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RE: Moving from IT engineer to managerial role

Meghna Mukherjee
Meghna Mukherjee
Verified Career Expert
Counselor at Adaptive Minds
  • Mumbai

Hi There,

Firstly you would have to be confirmed as to why you wish to move from an IT position to a Managerial position and would you be able to manage a team and give instructions and be able to make plans and strategies required and most importantly implement those strategies.

Secondly, please note that an MBA done from a reputed institute whether full time or part-time or correspondence, does add value to the degree obtained.
Also when someone opts for a part-time MBA program, they must be already working in the area of their specialization. Since MBA is no just theoretical but also stresses on practical application.

In regular courses, students are exposed to internships, whereby what they study, they see the practical application of it. But interns are unavailable if MBA is done through correspondence. Thus it is necessary that a student who opts for a correspondence MBA, is working in the area of specialization he opts for and also the reputation of the Institute should be taken into consideration.

So before you opt for an MBA course, I would certainly request you to shift roles and work in that department itself. eg, if you wish to pursue an MBA in HR, please shift to the HR department, get experience and at the same time enroll for the MBA program. It would then be beneficial.

Another part here is, Since I do not know How many years of work experience you have in total. Since there is an MBA in Executive management, which is mainly open to Graduates who have a minimum 6 years of work experience.

This course is offered mainly by the IIM's but other B-Schools also provide this course. It is also offered as a correspondence course.
This course stresses on general strategies and managerial implications that can be useful tool for managers, despite the departments they head.

Hope this helps.

Wish you good luck....

RE: Moving from IT engineer to managerial role

makwanadashang
makwanadashang

I have 1.3 years of experience. You are saying to work in that roles before applying to MBA distance but in 1.3 yr , companies wont allow me to be Team leader or some higher senior developer post . The minimum is 3-3.5+ yr of experience.

RE: Moving from IT engineer to managerial role

makwanadashang
makwanadashang

http://distance.nmims.edu/program/post-graduate-diploma-information-technology-systems-management-pgditsm

is it the right one ? but this is distance and i have talked with some HR in mumbai . It was general talk and they said Distance course are not valuable

RE: Moving from IT engineer to managerial role

Meghna Mukherjee
Meghna Mukherjee
Verified Career Expert
Counselor at Adaptive Minds
  • Mumbai

Hello,

When I told you to work in that role, what I meant is, working in that department.

Meaning, if you wish to join the HR department in the future, you should right away join the HR team and learn about their functioning, in the junior role itself.
Then with experience and practical exposure being in the departemnt you can move into the managerial role. The earlier would be a trainee or executive role.

Since you have mentioned it twice that few HR have mentioned distance is not useful, I do not wish to counter argue. But I do stick to my point that a distance course done from a reputed University does have a demand in the market.

Here I would like to apologise. I got a bit carried away with just the MBA part and did not look at your qualification.

Since you are currently working as a Software developer, you can very well go ahead and pursue an MBA in Systems.

NMIMS is a recognised University, and so is the course.
You can very well opt for the course.

Your technical knowledge in the field and then a managerial degree will help you in the long run...

Wish you good luck..........

RE: Moving from IT engineer to managerial role

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD

Dear Aspirant,

How many years of work experience have you gained till now? Switching from technical role to managerial role will be good if you have gained at least 5 years of work experience.

Since you are in the IT industry, there are many who do MBA distance learning from reputed Institutes. I would suggest you to go for distance learning MBA from institutes like IIMs, IMT, Symbiosis, Sikkim Manipal.
Distance learning is good only when you have sizeable amount of work experience i.e at least 5 years.

According to me, you can also explore for getting a PMP certification. PMP - Project Management expertise is highly demanded in the IT field and this will also make you get into managerial role. Eligibility for PMP can be checked on www.pmi.org.

Best wishes

RE: Moving from IT engineer to managerial role

Surabhi Dewra
Surabhi Dewra
Verified Career Expert
Founder and CEO at CareerGuide.Com
  • Noida

Well you have answered your own question --

Means this is best time to look for education and start preparing yourself for the role. It will be good idea for communicate this to your manager that you are aspiring for team lead. Also, you should show more initiative at work even when you are not asked for - this will groom you well for managerial work. Keep working on your soft skills:

You might like reading this:

http://www.careerealism.com/soft-skills-great-leader-needs/

RE: Moving from IT engineer to managerial role

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD

Dear Aspirant,

You being in the software development field, every work is Project oriented. And therefore I suggested you certification of Project Management. PMP certified professionals are always in demand in IT sector and this certification is a very good qualification to get into Project Manager role.

Since you have gained 1.5 years of experience, First you could apply for the CAPM certification from PMI. And then later as your experience grows to 3 years and you continue to work in a project as defined by PMI, you will be eligible to apply for PMP certification.

As you have spoken to HR guys who say that distance MBA is not valuable, also try to speak to PMP certified guys.

Best wishes

RE: Moving from IT engineer to managerial role

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