IS IT ENOUGH TO MANAGE?
MY EMPLOYER SUPPORTS MY MANAGEMENT ASPIRATIONS BUT ONLY OFFERED TWO DAYS OF TRAINING THIS YEAR. IS IT ENOUGH?
EXPERIENCED DARREN BUCHANAN MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAYS QUEENSLAND
Training does not only involve formal courses. On-the-job learning is often more effective since you are practising the skills in your day-to-date job. You could look for stretch opportunities or volunteer to be involved in certain projects. Perhaps you could accompany your boss to a more senior-level business discussion or put yourself forward to manage a more senior-level project? Look for opportunities to work on building relationships and effectively motivating a group of people to achieve a business goal or project. Finally, mentoring can also help you reach your management career goals.
MID-CAREER ANDREA DAVEY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, EMPLOYMENT OFFICE
Ongoing learning and professional development are important to any role. Whether two days of training is enough will be different for everyone and every role. Training days provide short-term intensive learning, but don’t forget about the learning you can take away from your day-to-day role and those around you. I’d recommend that you discuss with your employer what internal opportunities there are for you to learn within the workplace – this may be through mentoring, setting management-specific KPIs and scheduling monthly or quarterly review sessions on your progress.
UP & COMING JULIE FORD SENIOR EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT, McARTHUR
Management training can take many forms – from formal, structured training where you gain a qualification, or more informal, on-the-job training where the training is delivered in a consistent manner and may involve one or more senior employees of the company. You need to ask for much more than what is being offered or take your professional development into your own hands by undertaking formal external training, but the best management training comes from being mentored and coached by people you respect either with your employer or in another organisation.
THE EXPERT DR NERIDA HILLBERG DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, FERRIS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
Two days of management training isn’t enough to develop managerial or leadership skills. Look for further growth opportunities within your current job. Are there additional responsibilities you can take on to hone the skills you need to progress into a managerial position? Beyond this, you could also consider self-funding further training through an MBA, for instance. If a formal course is cost-prohibitive for you, perhaps seek out a mentor/coach who is happy to meet regularly for coffee to provide informal guidance on your managerial aspirations.