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Why am I not offered a promotion to management?

After having a career as a programmer and business analyst leading teams and projects for over 20 years, why am I always overlooked for a promotion to management, though I've expressed interest? #notpromoted #howtobecomeamanager #needadegree

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Dyllon’s Answer

Hey Ronald! Great question and I empathize with your frustration. I believe having an honest conversation with your manager or the people who are responsible for your growth and development is the best place to start. Ask direct questions about what are the core competencies of the next level and how might you be able to work with your manager/organize to create a development to get there. I also recommend having a candid conversations about your skillset and what is missing or can be improved in relation to the next level.
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Kim’s Answer

Ronald,

That's a difficult question without more information. Who ARE they selecting for the management positions - young outsiders, or ? ? ? ? Have you stayed with the same company for 20 years? If you are leading teams and projects, it sounds like you might be doing the job without having the title, or the pay. In the current job market, folks find themselves changing employers to be able to get more responsibility. It might be worth considering, but, if as your tag suggests, you don't have a degree, that will not be easy! Also, it is possible the company is able to pay the new managers less than they think you will want. Lots of possibilities!

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