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How to change industry into IT?

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How to change industry into IT?

I am an Executive Assistant - (And not to praise, but we are great Project Managers/PCOs) I am not qualified for (Except a Bachelors in Commerce)
I wish to change my industry towards IT - I need direction where I could start
What courses ? - Some suggested PMP; some suggested BA / QA Analyst.

I want some cheap, yet, certified courses - Lots of people in India doing these courses for less than a bomb of a salary.

Looking for direction of courses - looking for courses (cheap,yet certified)

Also, I know many will say what interests you - I have changed many industries in my role - supported CEOs, National Leaders and Partners (for Global MNCs) (But these salaries are Skimpy)

I want to go to $100k in the next 2 years max. Help me out here guys!
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Anjani wrote: I am an Executive Assistant - (And not to praise, but we are great Project Managers/PCOs) I am not qualified for (Except a Bachelors in Commerce)
I wish to change my industry towards IT - I need direction where I could start
What courses ? - Some suggested PMP; some suggested BA / QA Analyst.

I want some cheap, yet, certified courses - Lots of people in India doing these courses for less than a bomb of a salary.

Looking for direction of courses - looking for courses (cheap,yet certified)

Also, I know many will say what interests you - I have changed many industries in my role - supported CEOs, National Leaders and Partners (for Global MNCs) (But these salaries are Skimpy)

I want to go to $100k in the next 2 years max. Help me out here guys!
What you are asking for is not achievable. You will not be able to get to $100k in 2 years starting from an Executive Assistant job. If you switch to BA or project management role you will start at the entry level for these jobs as you don’t have the experience. So it would take you 7-10 years to get to $100k.
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Here you go:

Start with: getting CAPM, this is associate level certification. Will give you information on what exactly it is.
Courses on Udemy sometimes go to $15 per course. However, Official CAPM exam will cost you around $300.
https://www.udemy.com/course/capm-pmbok6/
https://www.pmi.org/certifications/type ... ciate-capm


If you already have degree, I would start with PMP.
PMP exam cost is same. Again, cost for the course will go down, look for coupons on google.
https://www.udemy.com/course/pmp-pmbok6-35-pdus/

If you don't meet the eligibility requirement for the PMP, I would start with CAPM and then go for PMP.
I would also train for Scrum, I have not had experience with it, main reason is because I don't like scrum people.
https://www.scrum.org/resources/scrum-guide

DM me if you need more info/help.
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ProductGuy wrote: What you are asking for is not achievable. You will not be able to get to $100k in 2 years starting from an Executive Assistant job. If you switch to BA or project management role you will start at the entry level for these jobs as you don’t have the experience. So it would take you 7-10 years to get to $100k.
I agree. A Senior Project Manager in IT, in the financial industry, in Toronto, can make ~ $100 K salary and up. At the very least 7 years experience... it would require technical training / experience as part of those 7 years...

OP, also keep in mind that there are plenty of candidates like this. Successful PMs have to have specific knowledge on top of everything (like Salesforce, financial applications, regulatory compliance, etc.)

Good luck!
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Remember, it's not about what the job requirements are. It's about what your competition has to offer...and your competition likely has a lot more than what the job is asking for. The reality of the job market in IT.
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OP is driven and will get what he/she wants in no time.

How much is Spotify paying for these kinds of positions?

Hairdresser's sister and a friend's daughter works for SHOP, but don't know in what function.
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alanbrenton wrote: OP is driven and will get what he/she wants in no time.

How much is Spotify paying for these kinds of positions?

Hairdresser's sister and a friend's daughter works for SHOP, but don't know in what function.
Sarcasm?
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ProductGuy wrote: Sarcasm?
Nope.

Maybe Shopify can get OP to where he wants.

I don't make jest on these career moves.
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Being able to make things happen with a senior executive as your boss, does not necessarily make someone suited for project management. The command and control approach to getting things does doesn't really work as well outside of the executive ranks. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect of EAs as they really do make things happen at a leadership level. But just want you to be realistic as others have pointed out. BAs/QAs/PMs can all reach 100K but that won't happen from an entry level salary over the course of two years; each of the roles have a lot of knowledge and experience to get into that salary range.

If it is strictly a dollar motive, sales would be a more realistic route.
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alanbrenton wrote: Nope.

Maybe Shopify can get OP to where he wants.

I don't make jest on these career moves.
Yeah, Shopify is giving away $100k jobs like cupcakes to anyone who walks in through the front door... OP can just go get a cupcake lol
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ProductGuy wrote: Yeah, Shopify is giving away $100k jobs like cupcakes to anyone who walks in through the front door... OP can just go get a cupcake lol
Lol. Who said that but you.

If you cannot do it, don't assume others can't.

To my ignore list you go.
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Anjani wrote: I am an Executive Assistant - (And not to praise, but we are great Project Managers/PCOs) I am not qualified for (Except a Bachelors in Commerce)
I wish to change my industry towards IT - I need direction where I could start
What courses ? - Some suggested PMP; some suggested BA / QA Analyst.

I want some cheap, yet, certified courses - Lots of people in India doing these courses for less than a bomb of a salary.

Looking for direction of courses - looking for courses (cheap,yet certified)

Also, I know many will say what interests you - I have changed many industries in my role - supported CEOs, National Leaders and Partners (for Global MNCs) (But these salaries are Skimpy)

I want to go to $100k in the next 2 years max. Help me out here guys!
I would rephrase what @ProductGuy told you in a different insight: I have seen such transitions happening when your immediate boss/leader plugs from your current role and into the PM group
.... and every time the transition is challenging from breath and depth of experience perspective.

Your best bet is non-technology project management - and for salaries I can't speak
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ProductGuy wrote: What you are asking for is not achievable. You will not be able to get to $100k in 2 years starting from an Executive Assistant job. If you switch to BA or project management role you will start at the entry level for these jobs as you don’t have the experience. So it would take you 7-10 years to get to $100k.
I feel this is a very negative comment. I reached 100K in 1.5 - 2 years, but it took a lot of effort.
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craigslist123 wrote: I feel this is a very negative comment. I reached 100K in 1.5 - 2 years, but it took a lot of effort.
So you are saying without any work experience as an IT project manager you walked into the door of a company and within 2 years you were making $100k as a project manager?

My comment is realistic not negative.

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