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Is it possible to switch to IT sector job with less or no specialisation in that sector?

Date: 16 Jan 2016   Posted By: ADITYA     Group: Career Guidance    Category: IT jobs   

I have done B.Tech in CS and also have done MBA in telecom management with specialisation in marketing. I have an offer for a sales job, but can it be possible to get a job in IT or should one have a degree in IT as a specialisation to be in the sector? I have done some work in sales but satisfaction for the same was not there.

Eager to switch to the IT sector from your current job? Get an expert opinion on whether or not this is possible without having requisite specialization in IT.

Author: [Anonymous]    17 Jan 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

The educational Degree you have mentioned is more than enough to get the IT sector job. It looks like you have already diverted to a different profession, still no issue, you can still get an IT sector job as fresher and try to either stay in the same organization or jump to a different organization at a later stage or after getting enough IT experience.

B.Tech CS is enough to get an IT sector job and MBA in whatever specialization is an added advantage for it. Try it.

Author: Manoj Kumar Lamba    17 Jan 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

You can switch to IT sector, as you have done in CS and have done MBA in different field. There is a gap created after completing your computer degree. So it is advisable to do some job oriented computer course in order to get suitable job in IT field.

Author: Mahesh    18 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

It is completely possible to switch the domains in IT. Is it going to be easy? No. Most of the issues you'll face is acquiring new skills. Also some of the HR are not positive towards such switch. They think it is not good to switch domains this way.

I have personally switched from development to testing. I realized that HR are not too friendly towards people who make such switch. However you can make the switch. You need necessary certification or skills to do the same. Also if you can get the skills from other companies or jobs for that skill would be a good idea.

Many people make switch by taking real world experience. You should think in this direction while making the switch.

Author: Bhaskar Islam    18 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

B.Tech CS is enough for entering into the IT industry. You are more qualified than a company's minimum educational criteria. So logically you can easily switch to IT field.
But degree is not the only constraint. You need a fair technical knowledge/experience to get a good job.
As you have already diverted to the marketing field and got some experience,
my suggestion is to continue with your marketing job as it is also a growing career option.
Here in IT field again you have to start as a fresher. Also it will take some time to proficient in a specific technology. So this decision will hamper you both financially and technically.
If you still want to switch to IT then I would like to suggest you few options:

1. Choose a specific field. You can take java/oracle/hardware courses from NIIT/jetking/IIHT. They have their own placement cell.
2. You can go for International certifications like: OCJP, OCP, CCNA etc. if you already have a sound knowledge on a specific technology.
3. You can go for SAP training to get placed as a SAP consultant.
4. HTML5,CSS3,AngularJS are hot cake in the market now. If you like to work on front end UI designing .
5. You can also get trained in Bigdata/Hadoop.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha    20 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Considering your qualifications as B.Tech(Comp Sc), you need not require any other qualification to persue IT job. But since you lack experience in this line and at the same time you don't have any IT certification to your credit, you have to join as a fresher.
You must take up a brain- exercise whether relinquishing the Marketing - job would be benificial to you or not prior to your switching. If you are dissatisfied with the emoluments you are getting at this moment, you need to have patience. There would be surge of your salary with the addition of experience. In the mean time, you should be conversant with all the relevant techniques in the Marketing - strategy. Despite your best effort, you don't get success in the field even after six months, you may change your Marketing - job.
However, it would be better for you to have a thorough revision of your course since you would be expected to answer the questions raised by the Board of Interview.
You may choose Java/ Oracle as your certification course from any reputed Institute.
If interested in Net - working Engineering, you can do either CCNA or CCNP.
SAP certification will enhance your chance to be absorbed as SAP consultant.
These certifications would help you to get the job in a Software - field in a very short time.

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