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Old 03-05-2009, 06:11 AM
 
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I have a BS degree in Applied Mathematics but never work on the specialty. Instead I was recruited as an HR recruiter (2 years) and then moved to HR consultancy (2 years) and end it up with HR Manager position currently (5 years). Honestly I fed up with this job and would like to change it to more IT/business oriented professions. Like, business information systems consultancy (for example, consulting on implementation of Oracle's or SAP's HR modules) or even to IT Management.

What are my chances? And what would be the best choice of further education for me? Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:36 AM
 
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How about thinking about becoming an actuary? If that's your thing of course. From what I understand, they usually have maths degrees of some sort.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:52 AM
 
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I am not sure that I would be able to use all of that math knowledge received in the university because I was not practicing it for pretty long time... I thought that I could start study again and somehow use my passive knowledge of math for IT or something more business focused.
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:28 AM
 
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Amtex,
Have you ever done work in IT, like an internship? If not, I'm also not sure how you can jump into it without experience. A career counselor may help you figure out a way to start out.

As far as becoming an Actuary, my understanding is that you need to become a professional Actuary which is taking a series of tests, all of which are very difficult and compared to taking the bar exam. Be An Actuary - Actuarial Examinations
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:29 AM
 
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I don't have an experience in IT so I am pretty much sure that I wouldn't be accepted in any IT related job.

But the question is will it be worthwhile (for a person in his late thirties) to get a Master degree, let say, in Computer Science or Software Engineering or Business Information Systems to be able to jump into IT jobs?

Financially I can afford not being employed for a period of 2 years for that purposes. But will it make sense? May be it's nonsense and I should stick with what I am doing right now and having experience in.

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Old 03-05-2009, 10:31 AM
 
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guess I all depends on what type of practical knowledge you have about those systems
any company posting I have see lately is very specific about what the person they are looking for needs to have--they don't want generalists--they want people who can provide ROI from the first day...
they also probably want people with contacts that can bring in business to their shop...
have you looked at current job postings for what you WANT to move to--can you in all honesty say that you qualify for those posts...

something you might consider is teaching although it is probably not in your desired pay range--you could try for an alt cert degree
they are really looking for people with math background--but if you have forgotten your math then it probably would not be good idea
depending on wher eyou are--in TX--you take series of classes that are background into education and then you get a job teaching--hard part--before you are actually certified--
if you make it through that year you are certified teacher--
in TX good districts pay about 45 a year to first year teachers...but raises up from there are not anything to boast about...
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:53 AM
 
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Alt cert degree... what kind of degree is it? Never heard before.
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