Re: Job for IT generalist ...
"Yes, Project Management, or an Architect role sounds like it would be a logical route for extra money,"
This is exactly what I am doing, after being an IT generalist for the last 15 years. Life is getting increasingly sucky for IT generalists. Employers want much more, for much less money. I was at the cross roads of "specialize in something, or get out "
At the end of the day, my heart just wasn't in it, so I went off and did a 3 month project management course at my local Uni, and I am making the leap to Project Management.
There is a lot of need for GOOD project managers in IT, Software Dev and telecommunications.
Things you will need to do to be successful
1. Get your PMP or Prince2 certification
2. Get your Agile Certification
3. Have an awesome reputation for not just understanding IT, but also the business side of things.
Generalists tend to have a really good set of skills for this.
Another option is getting into "business analyst" type roles. IT generalists have good logic and problem solving skills which lends itself to that side of the business system as well. If you can translate business needs into SQL or programming specs then you will have a license to print money.
So, you CAN make the leap, but I am not going to lie that the first few jobs will be the hardest to get, so have a financial buffer to allow for it.
Best of Luck !
Check out my LinkedIn, and you can see my generalist history,