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I am a Notes/Domino Developer with about 2-3 years experience. I have experience in many other areas of business (operations, manufacturing, customer service)with Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 firms, and am considering returning to school to get a graduate education. I have a Bachelor's degree in organizational management, and have a goal of managing an IT division or department. My initial plan is to secure a graduate certificate relating to systems design/management, and then get a Master's in organizational leadership/management/etc. Does this sound like a reasonable track? Additionally, in your opinion, will there be a need in the market for this mix of experience and education in the coming years?

I think furthering your education can help, but you may be over doing it. If you are looking at staying with your current employer, talk with a VP, or HR Executive to see what credentials are necessary for the move you want to make. My guess is that a graduate certificate relating to systems design/management will probably get you where you want to go. If you can't talk to someone at your firm, send your resume to a local competitor with a cover letter stating your desired position and see if you get an interview. In answer to your second question, yes the blend of management/organization and technology skills are becoming more important each day. Maximizing and integrating systems and people will be necessary for any organization. You may want to pick up the Harvard Business Review, they cover this topic occasionally.

Thanks for reading.

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