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What is a daily schedule for a business manager ?

I am a sophomore in high school. My career interests are in management and administration and finance. I am in honors classes and have little work experiences. #career-options #high-school-students

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Amy’s Answer

I am a manager of an information technology team of 5. My weekly schedule consists of:
- a weekly goal-setting meeting to decide what work the team will focus on completing in the next week
- a daily check-in meeting with the team to talk about how our goals for the week are progressing, any issues the team has run into, and any learnings the team wants to share with each other
- a bi-weekly demo to our customers and partner teams to show them what we've completed and get feedback
- individual status meetings with each person on my team to talk about how they're doing, personal development and career goals, and other topics specific to them
- a weekly sync meeting with my peers to discuss where our work intersects and larger strategy discussions about where we want our department to go in the next 3-5 years
The rest of the time I spend setting my team up for the next 3-6-9 months by driving key decisions in strategic direction, hiring new people, forming contracts with vendors for user licenses and staff augmentation, and managing budget. I also regularly jump in to help the team as needed with issues or other things preventing them from achieving the goals we've set.

Not sure if I remembered everything, but hopefully that gives you a good start!

Amy recommends the following next steps:

Find someone you know who's a finance manager, and ask if you can shadow them for a day
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Katharina’s Answer

It's great that you are already thinking about what interests you! Schedules can vary greatly depending on what industry you're in and a company's expectations. I oversee/manage an organization at a technology company. I work primarily from home and am able to make my own schedule (within reason). I typically start between 8 or 9 am and have meetings for most of the day until 4:30 pm when I get my kids from school. My meetings are 1:1 meetings with team members, forecast meetings, team meetings, and strategy sessions. I often hop back online after 7 pm to go through emails and prepare for the following day. Every once in a while I have to work earlier or later to accommodate calls with international teams in different time zones. I encourage you to keep an open mind and explore all types of roles and industries. This will help you figure out what you're passionate about and what you're really good at.
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Christopher’s Answer

Managers of a business are culture carriers. the day to day should shift based on business needs, but never forget as a manager you are in the business of relationships. relationships with your employees, customers, everyone. a business does not succeed if nobody wants to do business with you because you are not friendly or nice. nobody will want to work for you if you do not treat them well. although mornings for me are generally email related, and i have scheduled calls throughout the day, i try to spend the majority of my time getting involved in issues my employees are facing. whether it be with clients, or trouble completing a task, i try and share how i navigate the firm or would approach items to ensure they get done properly. you need to show them you are part of their team and if they are dealing with it, you can help them handle any task. this will create a bond between you and your employees that should promote growth and development to prepare them for their next role.
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