Bachelors degree in Finance, what next to switch to a career in IT. Certifcation or MS Applied Info Tech+certifications

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I have a Bachelors degree in Banking & Finance from another country but I would like to pursue a career in IT. I don't have any experience or certification in IT yet but I have just gotten an admission to a Master's degree program in Applied Info Tech. My question however is that, without an experience or certification in IT can I proceed on a MS in AIT while i take some certifications in IT to get the rudimentary knowledge and hands on needed to start a career or the MS would perhaps be a waste of time and money and instead I should focus more on certifications and getting industry experience? I'd like to point out that I like to look at the bigger picture in everything because a MS degree is so much valuable in the country where I come from and I think it cuts across. However, I would like to take advantage of inside knowledge of IT professionals. Your input will be so much appreciated!

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  • TomLiotta
    ...can I proceed on a MS in AIT while i take some certifcations in IT...
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    I don't understand the question. One doesn't "take" certifications. Can you clarify what you mean? If you have no experience or background in IT, you have a long way to go to obtain any certifications that are meaningful.
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    My question is that, is it advisable to go on with the masters in Info Tech program and also work on obtaining some relevant certifications or should I just focus on obtaining certifications and job experience in the field for now?
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  • TomLiotta
    That depends on whether you're capable of doing both successfully or not. We have no idea what your capabilities are. Nor do we have any idea if a Master's or any certification will do any good for you.
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    Personally, neither one has made the slightest difference for me; no one has ever asked and I've never been without a job that I wanted in the past 40 years. No employer has been interested in anything but results. None of us can answer anything but "personally", and it can be different for everyone because none of us have the same situations. And your situation is different from ours.
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    Further, the more experience someone has, the more valuable their opinions are. But their experiences mostly happened in different times, in different economies, with different technologies.
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    There is little point in asking for career advice because no one knows the future and everyone lives different lives. You're the only who can know what's best for you.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Degrees and certifications certainly help in today's world. Degrees in particular can help make you a more well-rounded and respected person in business. However, neither are as important as the value you bring to the table. Check this out: http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/tip/Become-a-more-valuable-IT-professional-Go-beyond-your-title Best of luck!
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