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What collage does a IT manager need?

I love tech, and want to be a IT manager. #technology #tech #it #it-management #it-operations

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Viswadhara’s Answer

To be a successful IT manager, you need to cultivate two parts equally. Technology part : You need to build a unique skill set in technology, be it programming, UI development, data analysis. When you have built the experience in this, then you focus on the Managerial aspect. Managerial part : You need to build skill sets that will help manage a team, manage your direct reports, direct projects, communicate with executives, create appropriate presentations to put forth your ideas.
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Joanne’s Answer

Hi!


To be an IT Tech manager it's really helpful to be good with IT (Based on experience, I have found that IT employees tend to be a little critical of their managers :) )


Familiarize yourself with the latest technologies and certifications, including:
1. Data security - this is HOT right now
2. Cloud services - many companies are pushing towards the cloud
3. Software Development Lifecycles - "DevOps" seems to be a trending methodology for software today


If you want hands on, learn about the skill sets I mentioned.


If you want to manage projects, there's a whole Project Management Professional (PMP) curriculum you may enjoy.

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Cheri’s Answer

Everyone above has rocked the IT portion of the IT Manager role, just remember, the last part of the title is Manager. Which means you need to manage people and that requires a certain skill set that I have found sometimes even the best IT Technician can lack the social graces for. You need the ability to mentor, train and groom others, and you have to remember to take care of yourself as well because as a leader if you don't take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of other. For me, this is the hardest lesson to learn. Being a manager also means you need to understand the inner workings of HR enough to help point your folks in the right direction when they need a helping hand, because remember, HR is not all about the negative, they have a lot of really good programs for helping us when we need it. We have to be ambassadors for change and our job as a manager is to remove barriers which might block or hinder our team from achieving success. In addition to flexing our IT muscle ;-)

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Sean’s Answer

A good technology knowledge professional/leader would often develop their technology, business, and innovation acumen from college, online training programs (e.g. Coursera), internship and mentors/coaches. You can also accelerate your learning by participating in codeathons/hackathongs and innovation challenges to practice on using technology to solve a business problem. Finally, there is the leadership aspect which will continue to develop from years of learning, self-development, and hands-on practices. I would also recommend you start reading some of the technology leadership, design-thinking, and innovation books to help you become a well-rounded technology innovator. Hope this helps.

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JAYSON’s Answer

Technology is a transformative force in our economy and society in general. It's great that you are in interested in Tech!

To be a successful technology or IT manager, you have to enjoy working with technology and people. Technology will continue to change rapidly, and to keep up with it, people's mindsets will have to change as well. Managing technological change and mindset change are vital components of an IT manager's responsibility. Fortunately, there are good practices and proven frameworks that you can lean upon to be successful in your job as an IT manager. Good luck to you.
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Ken’s Answer

Hi Alex!


You asked a very interesting question.


Here are sites that may provide helpful information:
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm
https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/NCP08070.pdf


Let me know if and how this might be of help.

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David’s Answer

I would look at IT project management courses as a way in as well.
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