Business vs IT path

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by cofffeee, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. cofffeee

    cofffeee New Member

    Hi everyone :)
    I ve been thinking about this question for months, reading and researching. I still cant come to the final decision.
    Does one go for degree in Business with pursuing CPA, CMA , CFA certifications in the future ? Or is it more beneficial to obtain degree in IT and follow IT certifications with pursuing Master's in the future?
    I am in the middle of my life and I can fully invest in pursing only one path.
    Which path does have more opportunities and benefits ?
    I know there are plenty of intelligent and experienced members here. Please any advice would be greatly appreciated
  2. BlueMason

    BlueMason Audaces fortuna juvat

    Which is your preference? If you're truly honest with yourself and not looking at it through rosy-coloured glasses. You also need to pick which realm within IT you want to go - there are numerous. CyberSec, SW Dev, frontend/backend web, forensics, networking, etc...

    I've struggled - should I stay in IT (Forensics) or switch to Psychology since I've been in IT for nearly 30 years. Psychology was an interest that I thought for sure I'd want to pursue - and I enrolled in a Masters and took some courses that I quite enjoyed, but the reality was that it was an interest. My passion is in IT... after nearly 30 years I still love computers and am still excited to learn new things. I realized that when I was honest with myself, I knew that I love IT too much to walk away from it.
  3. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    One can combine both worlds with a degree such as an MBA in IT.

    Masters in Information Systems Management? Maybe this one is not as attractive as it used to be.
  4. ITJD

    ITJD Active Member

    There are opportunities within either path. Either path will give you plenty to keep on top of.

    As a mid-life path walker with no IT background I'd not go into IT. Reason: You have to commit to skill retraining on almost a constant basis with tech changing every three to five years. Certifications might give you 10 years of runway before the skills aren't as valuable in the industry with certs expiring on an average of 3-5 years.

    Comparatively, you'll still need to do continuing ed to cover your CFA or CPA in your jurisdiction, but your world is not as likely to change and when it does, not as drastically.
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  5. Acolyte

    Acolyte Active Member

    I tend to agree with ITJD- Keeping up with the ever evolving IT landscape would be...tougher. IMHO you want to let your years of experience work FOR you and not against you- to me that means moving toward roles like: teaching, training, supervising, managing, strategizing, being a decision maker, leading, etc. Unless you are really, really passionate about IT, being in the middle of your life (as I am) I’d probably steer toward executive/leadership prep to further my career. .02. :)

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