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You can earn an average of £37,553.22 a year
Career Questions Answered
What skills do I need to become a Manager?
You will need to show a combination of soft and technical skills.
Soft skills include:
- Interpersonal skills
Technical skills include:
- Performance management and optimisation
- Approaches to diversity and inclusion
- Approaches to mental health and wellbeing
- Coaching and mentoring
- Developing organisational strategies
- Leading strategic change
- Strategic risk management
The technical skills for each Manager position will vary depending on what the employer expects from you. The technical level of management and the level of the job role you are applying for will also vary and advanced skills may be required.
What is the difference between a Manager and Supervisor?
Managers and supervisors share core skills within leadership and communication; however, they have two distinct functions.
A supervisor is responsible for delegating tasks within a company and ensuring these tasks are performed on time, whereas a Manager is responsible for strategic decision-making, goal setting and overseeing team performance.
Management positions are usually viewed as more senior than supervisory positions as supervisors report to Managers.
Do I need to have a degree?
To become a Manager, you do not need to have any formal qualifications, although having a degree in any subject would be an advantage depending on which sector you are looking to start your career in.
In some sectors such as IT and engineering, your subject knowledge will be more important than a Business or Management degree. You can also move into a Manager position from technical roles after gaining experience in a team or in a supporting administrative role.
To enhance your knowledge and increase your employability in Management, specialised courses from accredited training providers are available for those wanting to gain internationally recognised certifications. Qualifications such as a CMI Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice or a CMI Diploma in Professional Management and Leadership Practice will help boost your knowledge and increase your chances of getting your dream job in Management. These courses can be studied alongside your current role via online learning which is the most popular choice for many.
What is the typical work environment for this career?
Managers tend to be employed on a permanent basis and are usually based in the office working standard business hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The work environments can vary depending on which sector you are in. Managers might also be required to work additional hours in order to meet deadlines.
What are the day-to-day duties of a Manager?
As a Manager, you can expect your day-to-day responsibilities to include the following:
- Streamlining workflows, communication and performance
- Collaborating with cross-functional teams
- Coaching, mentoring and supporting employees
- Managing work quality
- Appraising performance
- Delegating tasks
- Establishing strategic goals
- Accomplishing financial objectives
What is the career path for a Manager?
To begin your career in management, you will more than likely start in an entry-level position such as an Assistant Manager. From here, once you have some experience you can advance to a Manager role. As an assistant you will learn transferable skills that can aid your transition into a Manager role.
As a Manager you will be expected to manage staff performance, maintain budgets and define business processes. As your career progresses you can advance into a Senior Manager role and you will be responsible for directing other Managers, supervisors and the departments they oversee.
After 10 years’ experience in an established Manager role, you could become a Chief Executive Officer.