Stay Technical or Become a Manger: 10 Things to Consider

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1. Does becoming a manager interest you or are you considering the job just for the potential increase in pay?
2. Do you feel you are personally ready and have the level of maturity needed to take on the responsibility of managing other professionals?
3. Do you have the professional experience to move into management or would it be best to gain more experience as an individual contributor first?
4. Do you love doing technical work to the degree that you will eventually be sorry you moved in a different professional direction?
5. Does becoming a manager excite you as a new career opportunity? If so, why?
6. Have you conceptualized the idea of, over time, replacing your technical skills with management skills?
7. What are the current issues, abilities, and obligations of the group you are being asked to manage? That said, are you setting yourself up for success or failure?
8. If you take this new management role, what will your next step be? That is to say, is this new job a stepping stone toward your long term career objective? If so, how?
9. Will this manager’s role change your work/life balance? If yes, how and are you willing to accept this change in your personal life?
10. Do you think you can be successful in this new role? If yes:
a. How do you know you will be successful?
b. What will you do to help assure that success?
c. What if you are wrong, what then?

The nature of these questions was not to encourage you or discourage you from taking the IT Manager job. My goal is simply to provide you with some personal insights that will help you move forward with your career in the best possible fashion. Good luck and best wishes on whichever path you take.

If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com
or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.

Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.

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