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?
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.
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.
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.
I think the PM role has more utility and upward career mobility than that of a FM / analyst.
Maybe you shouldn't decide based on the recommendations of random strangers.
Not everyone here are strangers, but I appreciate the thought. This is more about gathering data. 🙂
Can you do both?
I suppose I could, but that would take a couple years.
By the way, congratulations. I could be happier for you
Do you coach ever one you like best. What are the two pay differences in each field?
Starting pay would not be that different... Long term could be.
Go for Project Management. More variety and opportunities.
Financial management seems like their would be a better money to stress ratio to me.
Which seems like it would be more fun? I picked project management, because projects are interesting and anything to do with finance is...not.
I actually always hated financial stuff and accounting until I got my BBA!
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!
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!
Oh! Not good ... 😡
What is your current degree?
I just saw it. MBA with MiS. What was you plan to start?
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.
What do you now?
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.
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.
Thank you. I appreciate such a thoughtful answer!
What is this free you are talking about
I work for university and they will pay our tuition.
You working for asu? What department?
Not ASU... another local university & i'm pretty sure I told you which one when I got the job.
I work in the registrars office
Project manager seems like the better option to me
These poll results don't look very helpful to you lol
I'm hoping they get better! 😂
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!
Sorry BG don't know you but, have faith that you'll make the best decision for you
Congratulations I think project manager which do you like better?
Not sure...hence the poll 🙂
Personally I would go for the more creative one. As usual I will continue to pray for you.
@FATSHADOW I want your opinion.
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.
But I have faith in you.
Best of luck Bama.
I don't know what type of job that you are aiming at?
Not sure...I enjoy analysis jobs, so maybe budget analyst or similar.
Financial Management will suit you better. Project Management better serves engineering types.
Harry is spot on. Go financial if you want to be in accounting fields. I'm in engineering and Project management is very useful.
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
Yeah, project managers are in demand in Huntsville, but I thought that might not be the case everywhere. Thanks.
We have used about 8-10 in the last 2 years for various assignments.
What was your major in college?
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelors of Business Administration, & a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems.
So a certificate is business finance or project management? Do you lead or run projects? Seems to me finance management would be more beneficial.
In not is
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.
It's financial management or project management. 🙂
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.
Your welcome! Good luck! 🍀
Which one diversifies you more?
See below for info. I can't decide that. That's the reason for the poll. 🙂
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.
Great idea, if they had a brain. They don't. 🙂
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.🤓Best of luck, whichever you choose!
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.
I have no clue but good for you for pursuing your education! Good luck. 👏
You can do it!!!
I have a MBA with an emphasis in MIS.
Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems
The options listed are Financial Management or Project Management.