Moving into Management: How to Get There

Getting your first management role can be tough. Breaking into such role or position means you need to stand out from everyone else and this is not as easy as it appears. There are only so many management positions available and, although not everyone wants them, there’s still more competition at a more senior level.

If you think you’re ready for a management role, you might need to consider a few ways to get there.

Prove Yourself at Work

If you’re hoping to get a management role in your current job, or at least start taking on some managerial responsibilities, you’ll have to show that you’re ready for it. Set out to prove yourself at work, showing that you’re good at your current job and you can show initiative. If you want to get noticed, you have to stand out.

Learn What You Need to Know

Of course, if you want to be a manager, you need to know what the job entails. Make sure you understand what’s involved in the role of a manager in your field. Observe the managers you know to see what their job requires.

Ask for a Management Position

They say that if you don’t ask, you don’t get. If you’re hoping for a management role with your current employer, make sure you put your name forward for any positions that might come up. You need to make sure that people who make these decisions know that you’re interested.

Get a Master’s Degree

If you feel that you might not be ready for a management role, you could consider going back to school. A master’s degree can help you work out what you want and give you the knowledge you need to succeed in a managerial position.

Take a look at the infographic below to have a better idea of what program is most suitable for you.


Infographic On SBU Online’s Graduate Degrees

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