Asked by Isha on January 13, 2015
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on February 2, 2015
What an interesting topic of discussion! I suppose there are really two questions here…
Are you hoping to work in some sort of IT role, and/or within an IT environment/company?
Or are you simply looking for general IT/computer skills that will render you more attractive to prospective employers?
If would like to work in a business-related IT function, you probably want to discuss this with your current school right away, and perhaps layer in an IT Certification on top of your present MBA studies. That will give your MBA a distinct emphasis, and may help attract better job prospects post-graduation.
They may recommend online IT classes, and/or courses offered through another institution. But I would pursue this sooner rather than later, in case you need to alter your degree program slightly, to involve some more formal education.
I can’t say for sure which classes you ought to pursue, because that will depend greatly on the type of IT work or the type of IT company you are looking for, after completion of your MBA. For example: an IT job in Business Analytics versus Business Operations; or a more general job within an IT company focused on social media, versus a job with an IT company focused on healthcare.
I might recommend connecting with alumni from your current program, perhaps through LinkedIn, and identifying those with strong IT skills, or current positions in the IT industry. Find people on the web who have the jobs you would love to do someday! Review their work history and credentials, and dissect their skillset and educational experiences to determine which areas of knowledge or certifications have proven to be the most valuable to their careers.
If you are just looking to pick up some general IT know-how, I would recommend pursuing courses related to organizational, quantitative, analytical, financial, concept-design, and presentation skills. By enhancing an already solid knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, you will be well-prepared for many common business responsibilities in the world of work.
Hope this helps!
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on February 2, 2015
I would recommend that you talk with your career center/MBA advisor. They could recommend classes that you can take as part of your MBA program with are IT related. You might also want to consider working with the computuer science department to get involved with projects that you can state on your resume. This would be helpful and go beyond just class-room work/studies.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on February 4, 2015
I recommend the first place you should start to get information from is your career services department and your advisor. Your advisor will be able to advise you on which classes to take to potentially declare a concentration or minor in IT. Career Services will be able to give you advice on which courses/trainings are available for you to take. They will also be able to tell you where the courses/trainings can be done. I would also recommend looking at job boards online such as Indeed.com, Monster.com, etc. for internships that are IT related and are looking for candidates with some of the skills you already possess. This is another way to get firsthand experience into the field of IT and to advance your career.
Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on March 12, 2015
My suggestion for your situation would be to check out coding boot camps. They all have a bit of a different model, but they are good options for someone who is just trying to add some computer programming skills to their work experience and other degree(s). Here is a list that might help: http://www.skilledup.com/articles/the-ultimate-guide-to-coding-bootcamps-the-exhaustive-list/
They all have a bit of a different model, but they can be great options to pick up skills in high demand that you can combine with your MBA. Many of those boot camps also help connect their students with companies in need of those skills. Definitely do your research though to find what program would be best for you.