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BamaGirl May 15th, 2017 9:03pm

I am going back to school to earn a post-masters certificate, because it's free & I need more recent education for my resume. Which concentration should I select?

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evoecon nearest binary system
05/16/17 6:22 am

My undergrad degrees are in finance and business economics. Now I focus on process efficiencies for service companies. I wish I had more project management technical training. I would recommend that, but really depends on where you want to take it.

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/16/17 8:23 am

Thanks! I am not positive. I am thinking I want the one that will offer me the most opportunities. My first thoughts are data, budget, or cost analysis.

evoecon nearest binary system
05/16/17 8:29 am

I can tell you in my business, evaluation of efficiency require analysis of data, budgets and definitely cost analysis. My finance and economic back ground helps with these areas. I have had to hire a couple of specialist in project management to help me understand the language and structure of these groups within the companies who hire us. It gives us a common conduct for the flow of information. Probably why I envy those with project management expertise.

fmm Philadelphia suburb
05/16/17 6:08 am

I think the PM role has more utility and upward career mobility than that of a FM / analyst.

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ReligiousCommie No Longer Active
05/16/17 5:12 am

Maybe you shouldn't decide based on the recommendations of random strangers.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/16/17 8:24 am

Not everyone here are strangers, but I appreciate the thought. This is more about gathering data. πŸ™‚

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/16/17 4:39 am

I suppose I could, but that would take a couple years.

Suzan Hawaii
05/16/17 12:42 am

By the way, congratulations. I could be happier for you

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Suzan Hawaii
05/16/17 12:42 am

Do you coach ever one you like best. What are the two pay differences in each field?

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/16/17 4:38 am

Starting pay would not be that different... Long term could be.

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
05/15/17 9:19 pm

Go for Project Management. More variety and opportunities.

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Axl752 NY
05/15/17 4:32 pm

Financial management seems like their would be a better money to stress ratio to me.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
05/15/17 4:11 pm

Which seems like it would be more fun? I picked project management, because projects are interesting and anything to do with finance is...not.

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 5:44 pm

πŸ˜‚

I actually always hated financial stuff and accounting until I got my BBA!

GrandmaALiCE
05/15/17 4:02 pm

I don't know enough about either field or about your own strengths to give a helpful opinion. Somebody below talked about talking to a counselor. I think that's a great idea!

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 5:43 pm

As I told Org, that would be a great idea if our academic advisors had a brain, but they don't and half the time we end up doing their jobs!

GrandmaALiCE
05/15/17 6:40 pm

Oh! Not good ... 😑

stickman46 NJ
05/15/17 4:00 pm

I just saw it. MBA with MiS. What was you plan to start?

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 4:31 pm

When I earned the degree, my plan was to be a budget/cost analyst, because I only needed the MBA. I did 18 hours of MIS to teach at the college level. I would love to get my PMC in data analytics, but that isn't one of my free options.

stickman46 NJ
05/15/17 4:38 pm

What do you now?

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 5:41 pm

My current job title is student records analyst. Other institutions sometimes call it an evaluator. Basically I evaluate transcripts for transfer credit, for basis of admissions, etc.

stickman46 NJ
05/15/17 5:56 pm

With your degree and experience, I would aim for financial program. Predictive analytics will be huge in the years to come. Big data analyzes are just in their infancy.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 5:58 pm

Thank you. I appreciate such a thoughtful answer!

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
05/15/17 3:43 pm

What is this free you are talking about

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 5:41 pm

I work for university and they will pay our tuition.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
05/15/17 6:30 pm

You working for asu? What department?

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 6:42 pm

Not ASU... another local university & i'm pretty sure I told you which one when I got the job.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
05/15/17 3:32 pm

Project manager seems like the better option to me

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CoffeeNow Fiery but peaceful rioter
05/15/17 3:11 pm

These poll results don't look very helpful to you lol

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 5:39 pm

I'm hoping they get better! πŸ˜‚

Kay41 the Midwest
05/15/17 3:03 pm

Project management would be my choice. But, that's just based on my interests. I know you'll end up making the choice that's best for you!

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followingsea Illinois is
05/15/17 2:43 pm

Sorry BG don't know you but, have faith that you'll make the best decision for you

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
05/15/17 2:38 pm

Congratulations I think project manager which do you like better?

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 4:25 pm

Not sure...hence the poll πŸ™‚

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
05/15/17 4:29 pm

Personally I would go for the more creative one. As usual I will continue to pray for you.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 2:37 pm

@FATSHADOW I want your opinion.

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FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
05/15/17 4:12 pm

Between those two options I would choose Financial Management bc it has a higher potential in the long run, BUT I can see Project management being easier to get your foot in the door bc companies are hesitant to leave anything involving finance (even analysis) up to anyone that isn't experienced in that field.

If it was me, Id go Finance and know I'm going to have to grind it out a bit before I get that position Im looking for.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
05/15/17 4:12 pm

But I have faith in you.

Best of luck Bama.

πŸ‘πŸΏ

political Georgia
05/15/17 2:36 pm

I don't know what type of job that you are aiming at?

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 2:37 pm

Not sure...I enjoy analysis jobs, so maybe budget analyst or similar.

Harry3603 Tampa Bay Florida.
05/15/17 3:09 pm

Financial Management will suit you better. Project Management better serves engineering types.

Thekrazyone
05/15/17 4:07 pm

Harry is spot on. Go financial if you want to be in accounting fields. I'm in engineering and Project management is very useful.

Malekithe R lyeh
05/15/17 4:20 pm

Project management has numerous non-engineering functions. New product development and launches, strategic footprint planning and execution, and a wide variety of other corporate functions.
Financial management is generally a higher paying career but may be more difficult to enter and advance but once in you may have more varied career opportunities

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 4:24 pm

Yeah, project managers are in demand in Huntsville, but I thought that might not be the case everywhere. Thanks.

Malekithe R lyeh
05/15/17 4:45 pm

We have used about 8-10 in the last 2 years for various assignments.

political Georgia
05/15/17 8:35 pm

What was your major in college?

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 9:35 pm

I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelors of Business Administration, & a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems.

Pinkaliscious Peace Out
05/15/17 2:21 pm

So a certificate is business finance or project management? Do you lead or run projects? Seems to me finance management would be more beneficial.

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 2:28 pm

Currently, I don't, but I would like to work in one of those fields. Due to life stuff, I didn't get to go into something using my MBA when I first earned it, so this is hopefully a way to change that. I am not such which field is more in demand.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 2:36 pm

It's financial management or project management. πŸ™‚

Pinkaliscious Peace Out
05/15/17 4:01 pm

I think finance and business go together like peas and carrots.

Unless you are going to be responsible for projects I would go with financial management.

Pinkaliscious Peace Out
05/15/17 4:27 pm

Your welcome! Good luck! πŸ€

orgblu10 Shamerica
05/15/17 2:15 pm

Which one diversifies you more?

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 2:16 pm

See below for info. I can't decide that. That's the reason for the poll. πŸ™‚

orgblu10 Shamerica
05/15/17 3:40 pm

Why don't you talk to a department advisor at your university, and lay out all your goals and questions. They could probably help sort it out for you.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 4:21 pm

Great idea, if they had a brain. They don't. πŸ™‚

orgblu10 Shamerica
05/16/17 10:39 am

Hmm. That's really too bad. It would depend on what your specific goals are, how realistic they are, given the job market, and what future trends are projected for the positions. I would try to find out as much as possible about the jobs themselves, because that will go a long way toward determining how rewarding your workdays will be and how satisfied you will eventually be with your choice. You've received a lot of good input here from people in the field. My shooting-from-the-hip opinion is that project management may have a wider application than financial management, if that matters. That's my long-winded academic advisor answer.πŸ€“Best of luck, whichever you choose!

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/16/17 11:30 am

Thanks! Yeah, I decided to ask here to get input from those in the field. I looked at the OOH online & am doing other research, but I knew I could get good info here.

LibArtie SW Connecticut
05/15/17 2:12 pm

I have no clue but good for you for pursuing your education! Good luck. πŸ‘

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weird4
05/15/17 2:10 pm

You can do it!!!

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 2:07 pm

I have a MBA with an emphasis in MIS.

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 2:08 pm

Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
05/15/17 2:12 pm

The options listed are Financial Management or Project Management.