The question: How do I move out of the public sector?
I have experience of managing government IT systems. I have a broad knowledge of infrastructure, data communications, databases and security.
I have recently worked in a project management role and I have learned Prince2. I am looking to move out of government and I want to do so without starting a pure project management role.
Can you advise me how the IT industry might be able to employ my general skills?
The solution: Target small firms and consultancies
Your broad infrastructure knowledge is likely to be attractive to many businesses. While exploring options in the private sector, remember to give particular consideration to how the role will differ from your current role in relation to working hours and pay.
With your skills, I would suggest you go for roles in IT consultancy or within a small business.
Consultancies require infrastructure analysts for client sites. You would need a clear understanding of the business problems facing clients.
People and communication skills would be critical for someone working at a consultancy. You could expect a decent upgrade from your current salary, but also an increase in the hours that you are expected to work.
In small and medium-sized enterprises, the IT manager is asked to do more than one job. Responsibilities could range from designing and supporting the network to security operations. You would also be required to take on project work, utilising your knowledge of Prince2.
Solution by Neil McCreadie, managing consultant at Hudson
The panel: Hudson, No Limits Coaching, The Training Camp, Wreay Group
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This was first published in September 2006