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How difficult is to switch industries in project manager jobs? I am trying to switch from sap implementation to it infrastructure.
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I have around 8 years of sap implementation experience specially in manufacturing industries. I am trying to diversify to either it infrastructure or financial services
How did you change your domain? Any pointers appreciated.

Regards
Nisha
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With Infrastructure do you mean Building infrastructure (construction et al ) or do you mean IT infrastructure.

I can surely see your SAP implementation experience as a plus moving into a Financial Services domain. Try to get in using a Project that is implementing an ERP solution .
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1 reply by Nisha Lokesh
Apr 07, 2017 1:39 PM
Nisha Lokesh
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Hi Deepesh,

I meant IT infrastructure like network,datacenter etc
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Nisha, it depends on you.

In my case, after working 14 years on projects as a technical guy (programmer, engineer), I decided to become a professional PM. From then, I did not need technical skills, I concentrated on listening to stakeholders, understanding needs and issues, getting the right people on board etc.. A good sponsor will hire for attitude, character and posture, not for technical or process skills. As a professional PM, I had a new industry every 3-5 years, after completing a project: energy, justice, insurance, investment banking, manufacturing.
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1 reply by Nisha Lokesh
Apr 07, 2017 1:40 PM
Nisha Lokesh
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Thank you Thomas! Appreciate your feedback.
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Apr 07, 2017 1:36 AM
Replying to Deepesh Rammoorthy
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With Infrastructure do you mean Building infrastructure (construction et al ) or do you mean IT infrastructure.

I can surely see your SAP implementation experience as a plus moving into a Financial Services domain. Try to get in using a Project that is implementing an ERP solution .
Hi Deepesh,

I meant IT infrastructure like network,datacenter etc
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Apr 07, 2017 10:45 AM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Nisha, it depends on you.

In my case, after working 14 years on projects as a technical guy (programmer, engineer), I decided to become a professional PM. From then, I did not need technical skills, I concentrated on listening to stakeholders, understanding needs and issues, getting the right people on board etc.. A good sponsor will hire for attitude, character and posture, not for technical or process skills. As a professional PM, I had a new industry every 3-5 years, after completing a project: energy, justice, insurance, investment banking, manufacturing.
Thank you Thomas! Appreciate your feedback.
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First, figure out how your skills would benefit the new industry into which you want to move, so you know which jobs you can likely move into. Next, be prepared to convince others of your skills' transferability. Sometimes recruiters and hiring managers can't see past a candidate's titles and companies to see how her skills would fit into their business.
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1 reply by Nisha Lokesh
Apr 07, 2017 2:53 PM
Nisha Lokesh
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Thank you Eric! It is frustrating to see this .
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Apr 07, 2017 2:09 PM
Replying to Eric Simms
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First, figure out how your skills would benefit the new industry into which you want to move, so you know which jobs you can likely move into. Next, be prepared to convince others of your skills' transferability. Sometimes recruiters and hiring managers can't see past a candidate's titles and companies to see how her skills would fit into their business.
Thank you Eric! It is frustrating to see this .

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