Do you agree with me when I say it’s hard to build a successful career in management after BBA?
Well, I would say it’s not if you have the necessary skills and techniques to pursue your career.
As you know from the title, the article is about How to build a successful career in management after BBA.
Hence, I will answer every question that a fresher (like you) asks to build a successful relationship in management. Let’s start by understanding what exactly management is?
What Is Management?
Different thinkers have defined management but the one that fits our context is the definition given by Megginson, Mosley and Pietri -
“Management is working with human, financial and physical resources to achieve organizational objectives by performing the planning, organizing, leading and controlling functions."
In other words, management is a set of actions a person carries out to maintain the functioning of an organisation and achieve its goals through a strategic plan and the use of available facilities.
By this definition, you will be able to identify the roles and responsibilities that await you.
What does Management as a Profession Means?
There is a high demand for managers in a large number of industries. Managers with good experience and skills are among the world’s well-paid professionals. These features make management as one of the highest-paid jobs in the world.
There is a need for management in every job area, even school organisations need management. The major industries in which a manager can pursue his career include:
- Business service companies
- Government agencies
- Insurance companies
- Healthcare facilities
- Retail businesses
Within a corporation, management is divided into three levels such as
1. Top-level management - This is the decision-making body of an organization. It includes Directors and Chief Executives.
2. Middle-level management - This is the second important position that a manager can get. Managers of this level are in charge of the execution and monitoring of the plans and strategies established by the executive board
3. Lower-level management - This is the last level in the management hierarchy. Managers of this level are in direct relation with workers. They supervise the production process of products or services and ensure it respects the production rules of the company.
As a fresh graduate, you will start with this level and climb the ladders further.
Who can be a Manager?
Most of the time, people relate management to leadership, because managers are the ones who guide the other members to work towards the development of the organization.
Those who have no issue with leading people can build a successful career in management.
Were you the CR of your class? Were you part of the students that organize school fairs or cultural weeks? Or either you were in the students’ committee? In your group are you the one who makes decisions?
If Yes, CONGRATS! You have a grain of management in you.👍 You are good to go now.
What are the Required Skills to become a Successful Manager?
Being a class CR or a member of the students' committee is not enough to become the manager of a whole company. Recruiters require more skills from you. The most required skills are:
1. Communication Skills-
Communication is the primary skill that a manager should have. It adds to the basic functioning of an organisation i.e. information flow.
Good communication promotes the flow of information between the heads of the company and employees. You also have to excel in all forms of communication; including formal or informal, verbal or written, vertical or horizontal communication.
Tip: Work hard on your communication skills if you want to be more marketable in your career.
2. Commercial Awareness -
Commercial awareness is the comprehension of how companies and industries operate. It is a crucial skill that recruiters look after. According to them, 90% of graduates lack commercial awareness.
To prove your commercial awareness, this is what you need -
- Understand the kind of service that an organization offers
- Know the current working issues of the industry
- Know in which industry the business operates
- Be aware of the competitors of the organization
NOTE: Before attending a job interview, make sure you are commercially aware of the company.
Here are some tips for you -
- Do your research about the organisation
- Identify the main objectives of the organisation
- Find out who are its customers
- Figure out the sector in which the organisation operates
- Identify the issues the organisation is facing
3. Delegation Skills -
Good delegation skill allows the manager to distribute tasks among the employees. It saves time and increases the overall productivity of an organisation.
Are you the type of person who prefers to bear all the tasks?
Or, Are you the one who allows your team members to work on some of your tasks?
To clear this out, a good manager is one who can delegate a part of his tasks or employees’ tasks to other employees according to the number of efforts required for a particular task.
4. Strength Of Character -
The management profession will push forward your limits of right and wrong. You will need the courage to stay faithful to your values and principles.
As a manager, you will face unpleasant situations where you will have to make tough decisions and fight for your beliefs. Show bravery during these moments and don't worry about fighting for the right things.
Be reasonable in your actions and never worry about fighting for the right cause.
5. Organizational Skills -
To be a manager means - to have lots of responsibilities. The proper functioning of the corporation rests on you. You need to find time for meetings with your bosses, find time to manage the employees and to solve the issues that a business is facing.
TIP: If you want to become a successful manager, only a well-organised timetable will help you achieve your dream. To develop your organization skill, start planning your small activities daily.
How to step into - The Management Industry?
Now that you know which skills you must have to pursue a career in management, it’s time to take concrete actions.
Take these few steps to see yourself become a successful manager -
1. Study for Professional Qualifications: According to the research of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), ¾ ( three quarters) of employers admit more graduates should undertake professional qualifications. These qualifications constitute proof of their managerial skills.
2. Take MBA Courses: This option is for graduates who will like to go further in their studies. The MBA program will allow you to specialize in the management stream. This will help you develop crucial skills of management and gain more experience. It will give you an advantage over undergraduates professionals.
3. Look for Mentoring: Speak to someone in the management sector and ask him to mentor you in being a good manager. It can be a teacher or someone who is in this field.
4. Do Volunteering/Internship: Work on voluntary projects within NGOs. You will get the chance to conduct projects and to lead teams. It will help you develop your leadership skills. Industry internship will give you an overview of the management profession and what it looks like to manage a team. These actions will foster your skills and your confidence. Why College Internship is Important?
5. Get Hired: The last but not the least action that will make you leave the status of graduate to that of an employee is to apply for a job. Use the online Job Search Platform to explore all the job offers available in your stream. Finally, prepare your resume and your cover letter (optional).
To sum up, I will say work towards the achievement of your dream. If you desire to become a manager, then be the best manager that ever exists. Improve your skills and take small steps.