Your Career Plan For Management Success...
Management positions and career tracks fall into a number of different sectors. In the first place, finding the appropriate training and certification will be paramount.
Now Let's Look At The Following Career Tracks -
Database Manager, Human Resources Management and IT Systems Management.
It's important to examine the sort of training options that are open to you when considering a career in any of these disciplines.
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Database Administrator Courses (DBA)
Not surprisingly, the management of databases is very detailed and analytical work. A senior administrator will have a team of data input clerks who must work to exacting standards. With responsibility for the interpretation of all business data and statistics, the database administrator (also known as the DBA) will have a real sense of the importance of their work.
He or she will be expected to hold a professional certification such as the MCITP (Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional) DBA, and have several years of employment experience prior to being awarded this senior position.
The Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician is an excellent starter certification program to get your career going in the right direction. This will allow you to get into the industry and start getting that all-important technical experience. You'll also need to learn about SQL, or Structured Query Language as this is the language of databases. For this, a recommended program is the MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) SQL Server.
It takes a highly accomplished and experienced person to run a Database Management System. Database management can mean dealing with new software, implementing security controls and having an input into specific design features as well as the day to day running of data analysis, interpretation and reporting. As the company's DBA you would command a very good salary, enjoy a senior status and get a very real sense of being a key member of the management team.
A management career in Human Resources would be an excellent choice for someone who enjoys working with and guiding people, whilst at the same time having a professional understanding of employment laws. Responsibilities are diverse, but primarily they involve the management of staffing needs within a company, such as recruitment and training. Also the team in HR will be accountable for keeping any employment policies in line with the employment legislation of the day. Taking this one step further, HR has to inform all members of staff about the organisation's personnel policies and procedures. Staff disputes, benefits and compensation claims will also be under the jurisdiction of HR.
A career track to HR management will provide you with a stimulating and gratifying working life. The job is very much a product of modern working practices, and is a far cry from the old personnel officer whose duties were much more routine. We should not underestimate the impact an HR manager can have on the attitudes and productivity of the workforce.
Training to progress your career in Human Resources can take on different formats. Whatever your entry level into the industry, you should look to gain membership of the CIPD, which stands for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
There are training companies that specialise in administrative management roles. They will be able to help you work out the right CIPD career structure for you.
Information Systems Manager
IT Systems Managers are responsible for the entire network and computer systems within an organisation. That means they will supervise all buying decisions and installations, ensure all support systems are correctly in place, manage changes such as the introduction of a new operating system and analyse requirements for back-up and storage etc.
Information systems managers fill an important position in all major organisations - along with other senior managers they will be involved in making key planning decisions.
This level of job will require first-rate man management and business skills, as well as a strong computer technology background. Under the Systems Manager will be various IT professionals such as Developers, Systems Analysts, Database Administrators and Security experts.
You can become a Systems Manager via many different training and work experience routes. Do some research into IT training companies, and learn more about the roles of technology professionals and what they do. Certainly if you aspire to reach the position of Systems Manager you will need to have developed very comprehensive expertise in information technology.
However, once you get into the industry you can continue to improve your skills and knowledge by taking regular training upgrades as you work.