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A Management Career - 6 Things To Consider

Apr 13, 2008
1. First and foremost, think twice before you jump at the thought of taking up management as your career. You have to ask yourself whether you want to delve into finance, marketing, or human resources or maybe even corporate communications. You should be very clear in your mind about what you are looking for in management. Take enough time to do your homework - spend some time doing a few internships and some informational interviews. By doing this, you will be able to see what it is actually like and whether a career in management is suitable for your career objectives.

2. Make it a point to gain as much experience as possible before you enroll in graduate school and go ahead with your MBA. If you decide to go this route, you may have to take a break from school for three or more years, between college and enrolling in a business school. The advantage of this approach is that you will be able to carry your new experience into the classroom, which in turn will make your learning experience more significant.

3. Be selective about the school that you choose to acquire your MBA degree from. There are many schools to select from, and you should try to identify the right school for you, based on your profession. For some professions, the prestige of the school where you get your degree is important; for others, it is the location and the program that you choose to take.

4. Try to locate an excellent counselor or mentor. This is extremely important; a good mentor has "been there, done that", and can help you avoid costly career missteps. As well, your mentor is someone that you can bounce your ideas off to make sure that you are headed in the right direction.

5. On the whole, management is about people and organizations, carrying out tasks appropriately and achieving the set goals. Good management is required in each segment of our society, in business and in the not-for-profit sector (which happens to be 10% of the American economy), as well as in the government sector.

6. Consider using your management training to flourish in your career and to not just be successful, but to do something noteworthy for your community.

A career in management can be both rewarding and lucrative. By considering the above 6 points, you can make sure your management career is as successful as it should be.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals such as, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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