When you talk about IT manager, there are so many option you can take from technical side or management level. It is better to understand what kink of manager would you like to be.
you can be a tech based IT engineer manager or sales based sales manager or customer service based relation manager. And your role can be related to computer hardware, software, cloud based computer system, storage etc..., for information systems, would you like to be a business/system analyst? system administrator? smart data? etc
So the best thing you need to do is to understand recently IT word, and choose what subject you would like to do. However, when you study in University, all the causes is important, because the IT world change so quick. You never know what is the future. In my point, coding skill is important in next few years. all traditional IT industry is moving towards cloud computing, AI technology, automation, virtualisation, smart data etc... all these need to have a good understand of coding, additional to that, you can study different subject to better understand new technology from high level.
Bill recommends the following next steps:
There is the opportunity to shape the careers of folks who are keen to grow their IT knowledge. Understand that it is still very much an evolving industry so depending on your sector of focus (environmental, manufacturing. military, food, services, education), you can get involved in field trials and a lot of exposure to cutting-edge technologies. The final cool thing is that there are many ways to move to this type of role - though you will have to go through both theoretical and practical knowledge development and learn many lessons along the way as you work out your own style as a manager. Good luck on your journey........
Adam recommends the following next steps:
So, what is the best part of managing people like me?
The people like me actually like to do the work that they do. So they are a lot easier to manage and you will find that they are willing to work long hours when they are solving problems they find interesting. The key to managing these kinds of people is to give them the kind of work they like. And to do that, you need to get to know them and what they like, what they are good at and what they really don't like.
For example, I always loved doing the system to system communications, but I hated anything to with building a Graphical user interface (GUI). I like logical data modeling, but didn't really like doing the physical data model.
For any given project, there is usually plenty of different kinds of work to be done that would give the manager the ability to assign people to mostly the kinds of wok they like to do and that they do well.