2 years ago, I was sitting with my original manager (that became a good friend by now) and we were designing a plan so I can become a manager shortly. I always wanted to manage people, work on new strategy and get my team to perform. Becoming manager sounds like a logic pathway for my career.
So I registered for a MBA in order to get all “the requirements”. Now I am about to finish my master and I am wondering if I really want to become a manager. The truth is that the job has increased in responsibility (i.e. in hours to be worked) and the salary didn’t increase much.
Therefore, when you come down with an absolute hourly rate (total income earned divided by hours worked), you don’t make much than a burger flipper at Mc Donald’s. The only difference is that you don’t smell grease when you come back home… you smell coffee 😉
I think this is a true question each employee needs to answer: do they want to become a manager or do they want to keep doing their own business and follow their manager’s objectives.
After being a financial planner for a year, I must say that managing my own client book, my schedule and my way of doing business without having to look if my colleagues do their own job is quite appealing. On top of that, my salary would probably get closed to my manager’s and I work less hours!
I surely would like to decide what to do and which strategy to apply. On the other side, you are also responsible if a ATM machine doesn’t work or you must help out your cashiers if you have 2 people sick the same day. One of my team mates in my MBA was telling me that she has to answer the branch phone and book appointment on top of doing her job as a manager because they are short staff. Do I really want this?
I realize all this during my MBA since I was speaking to managers all the time. They were telling me another side of the job that most people tend to hide or ignore (to keep a healthy mind 😉 ). I rarely saw people working for the same employer than me telling me that it could be a bitch doing everybody’s job but yours. Now that I know, it becomes less tempting to make the jump “the other side”.
So my advice is the following: if you think of becoming a manager, I would suggest you to talk to several people in the same industry doing a manager direction. There are several advantages but the dark side (as any other job) is to be considered seriously.
Good luck with your career 😉
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