Manager Careers

How to become a Manager

What does a Manager do?

There is a wide range of manager jobs out there, from those that require specific qualifications such as an MBA, to those that you can work towards from an entry level position, such as managing a shop.

Saying that, an MBA will certainly be of use, whether the role calls for an MBA in the job description or not because as a manager you will be expected to ensure people and processes are working efficiently.

The role of a manager varies depending on the size of the organisation and the type of business they are in. For example, if you are a stage manager, your day-to-day work will be very different to that of a marketing manager. Generally the idea of the manager’s role and responsibility is the same though. You will be in charge of people – anything from one or two employees to a whole company of workers – and you will be responsible for ensuring they carry out tasks and work well. You will usually be in charge of a process too and must rally your team to get things done and work towards goals.

What's the working environment like working as a Manager?

In most management jobs, the hours will be standard office hours, Monday to Friday, with additional hours being required when pressure of work builds up. However, manager roles that aren’t office based might have different working hours and might be based elsewhere – a farm manager for example will work early mornings outdoors, and a bar manager will work late at night, in a bar.

What does it take to become a Manager?

To be a manager you should:

  • enjoy working with people and have good communication skills
  • have strong organisational skills
  • be able to analyse situations and solve problems
  • have an understanding of budgets
  • be able to work with statistical information

Manager Career Opportunities

Further information

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Association for Conferences and Events (ACE)
Riverside House
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PE18 6SG
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Association of British Professional Conference Organisers
Charles House (6th Floor)
148-149 Great Charles Street
B3 3HT
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Communications Advertising and Marketing Education Foundation Limited (CAM)
Moor Hall
Tel: 01628 427120

Chartered Institute of Marketing
Moor Hall
Tel: 01628 427500