Every manager has had a first management job somewhere in their career. Like most other jobs, though, no one wants to give you that first management job unless you have experience and you can’t get management experience if no one will give you the first job. Here’s what you need to know and, more importantly, what you need to do to get that first management job.
Nobody is going to put you in charge if you can’t do your own job. The first step in landing a management job is doing a good job at the job you have. You don’t have to be the best, but you do have to be good. The best programmer in the company may not make a good Development Manager. They may prefer to write code instead of taking on the responsibilities of management. However, it’s a safe bet that the Development Manager used to be a good programmer.
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