Good career move or not?

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I'm currently an ICT Manager with responsibility for all IT/comms for a single company in a single country within a group of companies. I'm about to be offered a Business Analysis position at group level but am unsure whether this would be a good move for my career progression or not. The exact role should be outlined to me in the next day or so but I know that the job would mean that I become the "group expert" for certain functional systems areas, would operate across companies & countries and would require 40%+ of my time to be spent abroad I'd be interested to hear other people's take on whether they feel this would be a good career development move or not Thx
ASKED: February 14, 2005  6:58 PM
UPDATED: February 17, 2005  5:35 AM

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If you aspire to a CIO or CTO position, I would think the global experience would prove to be very valuable. While you may be narrowing your focus from a technology standpoint, you are significantly expanding your communication and project coordination role. Best of luck.

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  • Nobby66
    It is rare that pure "techies" get in to very senior positions in any business. To have business knowledge as well as technical knowledge will always make it easier to climb the ladder. However, will you enjoy the inevitable politics, administation, endless meetings etc etc.
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    Thanks for the replies. Mwoodswi, you've hit the crux of the matter I suspect. Do I aspire to CIO/CTO level? Well, probably yes but I have concerns over work/life balance with the position on offer. An average of 40% of my time spent abroad (and it will at times peak to 100%) is going to have an impact on my home/family life. With a young family, I'm having to think hard about what is more important to me... Nobby66, I take your point anout endless meetings, politics & administration - unfortunately I already have them locally and corporately so there won't be too much change there! Your point about pure "techies" is also valid but I'd say that my role is not techie-based: my staff need to be tech's, my job (as it is) is to define strategy, manage budgets & manage the ICT service to ensure that we are delivering what the company needs / wants (including anticipating future requirements) at the right time and in a cost-effective manner
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