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Top 3 Things Professionals Can Do To Promote From A Staff or Technical Position Into Management  

This week's blog post was inspired by a question one of our members asked. This may be something you have been wondering as well. What are some of the most important things professionals can do to make the transition from a staff or technical position to management:

There are a number of things anyone (man or woman) should do to help themselves make the transition from a staff/technical position into management, but I will focus on what I consider the three top items.  

1. Define: what success means to you.

2. Communicate: your career objectives to your manager and to other senior managers above and beyond your own manager, and together, develop a specific plan to get that next promotion.

3. Learn: to be a highly effective manager vs. an individual contributor. 

Each of these things apply equally to men and women. A great role model for this topic is Sheryl Sandberg. One thing she specifically says to women in most all of her speeches, is "don't leave before you leave" (for maternity leave). Keep your pedal to the medal right up until you must take time off. Taking maternity leave should really be no different than it is for a guy who has to take medical leave to have an operation. While you are at work, keep your mind focused on your career objectives, do a stellar job where you are, and take actions to advance to the next level as quickly as you can. It's a game...play to win and help those who are above, beside and below you do the same.  Working together, you can go far.  

Special thanks to Deb Boelkes for her insight on this topic.

About the Author:

Jacqueline Dandan is the social media coordinator at Business World Rising and a recent college graduate from Loyola Marymount University.  She majored in Business Marketing with a Minor in Spanish, and loves being back in Orange County!

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