Tech-side versus Management

Can you have a career in management without a technical background?

Dear Adviser

I have just graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Technology with a major in electronics. My area of interest is data communications.

Previously in my career I qualified as an electrician and also picked up an NZCE (tele- communications). Now I want to get into the data communications area of IT. My strengths lie in my managerial skills — particularly project and people management.

As my aim is get into the management side of the business, is there any particular path you feel I should take a look at?

Keen

Dear Keen

Without any technical or practical experience in data communications you may find it difficult to gain a managerial role in this area.

Your management skills will be noted but going down the technical route should be advantageous.

Some people get into management early, then discover the technical side of their business is more interesting than being in a managerial role.

Readers can have career questions answered in this column by IT recruitment specialists — the question above was answered by Wilson White. Send questions to kirstin_mills@idg.co.nz with “Dear Adviser” in the subject line.

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