Career Progression 101: Preparing for Your First Management Role

Obviously, progression is important to a lot of people who want their careers to have an upward trajectory as opposed to stagnation. Inevitably, throughout this progression, you are likely to find yourself in a management role of some sort. It can be a tough transition to go from one of the teams to leading the team. This is why we have put together the following advice: let’s take a look.

Proper Training

First things first, as a manager, your responsibilities are obviously going to increase, and you might not have much experience with some of your new tasks, which can present a challenge to you. a lot of the knowledge and experience can often be picked up through working on the job, but not always. Sometimes it will be necessary to supplement your own understanding, and in doing so, you are using your initiative. You could suggest that your managers implement the use of an e-learning course like the ones provided by iHASCO to help new managers to acclimatise and fill any gaps in knowledge that they might have.

Skills to Develop

There are a number of skills that you are likely to develop throughout your career that is advantageous when it comes to becoming a manager. Obviously, the job specification itself will list your responsibilities, and from there, it should be clear which skills you will need to display in this role. Most of the time, they will be soft skills like listening and communicating effectively, the ability to adapt, problem-solving skills and flexibility. Some skills might be more specific, like creating presentations or computer proficiency. These skills will directly affect your success as a manager, so if you are lacking them – it is time to work on them.

Management Strategies to Explore

Often, one of the hardest things that a manager has to get used to is going from being a member of the team to leading a team. The buck stops with you now. If you have taken over the team that you used to work within, then you might experience some pushback from colleagues who are too used to having you as a peer as opposed to a manager. Becoming the manager of a new team is somewhat easier because there isn’t any history. However, either way, you will still need to develop a management style or strategies that you want to use.

Foster the Right Relationship with Your Team

As a new manager, it can be difficult to know where to draw the line with your team. You want them to feel that they can come to you without encouraging them to become over-familiar. Getting to know your team is important; it will help to ensure that they feel supported, and it can also help you to develop the right strategies for encouraging the best work from them. You will also need to think about the relationship that you have with the rest of the management team as well as other colleagues in the business.

In Summary

While it is often a goal for a lot of people, moving into your first management position can be incredibly daunting and nerve-wracking. The most important thing to remember is that you wouldn’t have been hired or promoted to that role if your managers didn’t think you were capable. Preparing properly can help to remove some of the stress and anxiety around taking on your new role, so bear that in mind.