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MBA doesn’t need Oracle

Molly advises a job seeker to stick with management. Feb 23 Title: MBA doesn’t need Oracle Blurb: Molly advises a job seeker to stick with management.

Dear Molly: I’m 45, with an MBA in management (BS in management and a minor in economics). I’m currently finishing a certificate in operations management. I see the future in database design and administration created by the Internet. My programming experience was in Basic. How long would it take to get the Oracle certification, and should I start at the state college first with the prerequisite classes and then seek certification with an authorized Oracle instructor?

Molly says: With your educational background (and I am assuming about 20 years of work in management of some kind, guessing from your age and level of education), I can’t see you being a good fit for database programming. You could learn it, of course, but then you’d be overqualified for any entry-level database programming position.

It sounds as though you might have a better shot at getting a management position in which you would oversee programmers and other folks who are busy putting together and maintaining Web sites. In these kinds of positions, you don’t need to know the nuts and bolts of putting the site together, but you do need to be able to put together and communicate a vision for the site. We’re talking strategic-level stuff here.

To get a better feel for the kind of work you’d like to do and the kind of companies that do it, take a few seminars on content management, asset management and e-commerce at trade shows and workshops. At the trade shows, walk around the exhibit halls and look for companies that do interesting things–maybe they could use someone with your background. Keep the exhibit hall guide and conference program so you can use it for later reference.

Here are a few educational opportunities (conferences and workshops) to consider: any show with Seybold in the name (,, Content World and events sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum.

Molly Joss also writes the monthly Career Advisor column for ComputerUser magazine. Ask a career-related question at [email protected]

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