Management – a Good Prospect for the Future
The imminent retiring of the Baby Boomer generation in the next few years has a lot of business and succession-planning committees worried. If large numbers of today’s senior-level executives retire on schedule, they will leave huge talent and leadership gaps behind. So if you’re considering accepting a management position or you have considered whether or not you’d like to be a manager, continue to do so. There is a definite need/market there for you to enjoy growth and development opportunities and to shape the kind of work experience that you want to have now and in the future.
Organizations are aware that talent is a top priority for future growth. They’re also aware that technology plays a key role in maintaining or increasing productivity as they grapple with talent/employee concerns. So, if your boss is reluctant to part with training dollars or you are otherwise having trouble securing funds for educational purposes, sit down and craft a career plan. Then go into your boss’ office and throw the following tidbits into the conversation:
- Employee demographics indicate there’s trouble ahead. There is a definite skills shortage approaching – retention of key talent is important.
- A great disconnect exists between the issues of time and flexibility, and opportunities for growth (use specifics for your company).
- Employers that choose not to address talent issues hamper their ability to compete for the best people/workers.
- Employers must prepare to meet the needs of the emerging worker (that’s you).
- We have to manage successions effectively as we examine existing procedures for advancement.
Use that last one to segue into your request for money to take a class or a boot camp or what have you. Clearly show your employer how providing funds to educate you will plump his bottom line or otherwise benefit his department or mission critical projects. Oh, and be nice, and wear a nice outfit. You are asking for money, and when you ask for money, for some reason it’s easier to get it when you look like you don’t need it!
Thanks to Claire Schooley, senior research analyst, Forrester Research.