How do I get into ‘man­age­ment’?

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - JOBFUNDAS - Arunav Ban­er­jee The author has more than 30 years of varied ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing as head of the HR con­sult­ing prac­tice at Arthur An­der­sen, Price­wa­ter­house­C­oop­ers and Ernst & Young. Write to him at men­tortalk@shine.com

I am an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer work­ing on Win­dows server sup­port in a lead­ing multinational com­pany in Noida. I have a six years of ex­pe­ri­ence. I want to get into man­age­ment now. Should I do an MBA, project man­age­ment pro­fes­sional (PMP) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion or some­thing else?

—Di­pankar

The term man­age­ment is un­der­stood dif­fer­ently by dif­fer­ent peo­ple. You have to be clear about what do you have in mind. If you want to get into man­age­ment fo­cused on projects, a PMP cer­ti­fi­ca­tion will work best for you. If you want to get into man­age­ment that in­cludes peo­ple and process man­age­ment, an MBA de­gree will be bet­ter. Con­sider your in­ter­ests as well as your ca­pa­bil­i­ties be­fore de­cid­ing on it.

I am a 29-year-old grad­u­ate work­ing as an ad­min-co­or­di­na­tor ex­ec­u­tive in a char­tered ac­coun­tancy firm, which has also been into lead­er­ship man­age­ment pro­grammes for a few months now. I have more than four years of ex­pe­ri­ence in col­lec­tions, cus­tomer care and sales. I have shifted to ad­min­is­tra­tion and I wish to work with a good school’s ad­min­is­tra­tion depart­ment so as to re­duce my work hours. Please guide me on the kind of jobs and the salary pack­ages I can ex­pect.

—Kirti

There are many busi­ness and other schools which are on the look­out for good ad­min­is­tra­tive per­son­nel. Make a list of such b-schools and send your re­sume to them. You should pre­pare your re­sume in such a way as to high­light how your work ex­pe­ri­ence can help in your fu­ture job. For ex­am­ple, em­pha­sise on the cus­tomer care aspects of your job. I can­not help you with data on salary pack­ages.

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