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Getting into management

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by newn, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. newn

    newn Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2010
    I'm in a technical IT position, an IT Technician. However I'm better at managing, making decisions and analyzing rather than fixing up a blown up capacitor or installing OS to a new machine.

    I've no education though, yet I read a lot at home, and I've done some management-related work, even though technically (which means I had a different attitude towards it) it wasn't an important role/project.

    Since those projects were "childish," publicizing them doesn't make sense. So, how should I go about getting into a management position without education?

    Some extra background:

    I know for sure that I can't get a promotion in the company I work for at the moment, because the manager is of the kind that is past-oriented, detail-oriented, disorganized, inefficient. I'm doing my best to not challenge him, as I'm basically the grunt guy.

    There aren't many IT companies in my country, and very few big companies (less then I have fingers on a single hand). Going into management for a different company would be an option, but I don't know any other industry as well as the IT industry, nor am I interested as much. But I wouldn't mind, as long as I'm capable of doing my job well and enjoy it.

    About me:

    My personality is... Well, imagine one of the two main kinds of a boss, I'm the type that's driven, ambitious, future-oriented, logical, efficient, open for new things.

    I'm a male in my early 20s from Europe. At the moment, I'm quite poor, and my salary is hilarious, so can't start a project requiring lots of funding myself.
  2. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

    Sep 15, 2012
    What do you mean by "no education?" I'm not sure how it works in your country, but in the United States, you're probably not going to get a management job without a college degree. Even low-level retail and fast-food restaurant management jobs request "some college." If you don't have any, then you'll have to hope that after a decade you'll get promoted into management.

    On another note, here's a tip: If you can't get a management job, then you're not "good at managing people, making decisions and anlyzing." You're only as good as people give you credit for, so if you want to be a manager, then you have to show people that you have management skills. It's not enough to believe it yourself. Volunteer for assignments and projects at work to get more experience and to show what you can do. Have you even applied for open positions with your company?
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2013
  3. newn

    newn Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2010

    My company isn't prospective, basically it's a part of a group of companies, but we never see the higher management. Company-wise, I'm with my manager all the time, but that's that, there's 10 or so people, there's nowhere to get promoted or show what I can do, nor is there any openings.

    You are very right by saying that I have to SHOW what I can do, so let me rephrase my question according to that: how can I show what I can do? What kind of project or something alike can I do?

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