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The term 'management position' covers a very wide range of skill-sets and industry sectors. To gain the relevant industry knowledge to get started you will of course need suitable training.
Let's Focus on Three Managerial Roles - Database Administration, Management Of Human Resources and Information Systems Management.
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Database Managers need to have an excellent eye for detail and be supremely accurate in everything they do. They also need to have good people management and communication skills. An administrator of databases will ensure the system is running properly by implementing a series of checks, balances and back-ups.
To achieve this position, a person would need to be highly trained and qualified, probably with a Microsoft Database certification, and have significant in-house experience in order to qualify for this 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.
In addition you'll need to understand how to use SQL, the language used to communicate with a database. The most widely recognised training for this is SQL Server training in MCTS (from Microsoft).
Managing a database system takes significant skill and competency. As well as dealing with the running of the system - which includes security issues, analysis and reporting - the role can also involve installing and testing software, and liaising with database developers on design criteria. As a Database Manager you could expect to receive a substantial remuneration package and gain a very real sense of making a major contribution to the running of an organisation.
If you think a career in Human Resources is of interest to you, you should be the sort of person who can efficiently implement external employment legislation whilst looking after the interests of the company and its workforce.
Equal opportunities have to be considered, and it is the job of the HR department to ensure that any policies are compliant. Employees must be made aware of these management and personnel policies, and are provided with such information from the HR department. When staff members are entitled to benefits, or any redundancies have to made, HR deal with it.
An HR manager's job in a large organisation will be both satisfying and highly esteemed. The personnel manager of several decades ago would advertise staff vacancies and set up interviews. This role has been superseded and extended into the senior position it is now.
Training to progress your career in Human Resources can take on different formats. Whether you're looking to join the profession as a graduate, or wish to train alongside working in the industry, you should research into membership of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).
Commercial colleges will be able to recommend which CIPD qualifications you should train for. They will be able to talk you through the right structure and membership route.
The wide ranging job of the Systems Manager is to oversee all of a company's computer systems. 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. It's normal for all major companies to have a Systems Manager, as the work they do is so crucial to on-going activity. They will play a key role in policy decisions.
Reaching this position will take many years in industry working up the career ladder in one aspect of IT or another. Management training will also have been a necessity.
As far as training for systems management goes, there are a number of ways forward. Work out the area of IT that you would like to train in first by checking out information from various IT Training Providers. You will most certainly be expected to have a complete understanding of Microsoft's Operating Systems, along with technical proficiency in SQL. But much of your training will be done whilst building your career, as it will be essential to update your technology and management skills over time.