So this is what management feels like

January 26, 2012 at 7:37 am | Posted in Career Moves | Leave a comment
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try not to be like this guy. Yea I know, typical to use an Office Space photo on a job post. Deal with it.

When I first took my current job, I was really excited to be working in education.  Having been a consultant, I had many clients that covered different issues, so I had gotten a taste of many different causes that matter. But of course, you connect with some more than others, and for me education, with all its layers, was something I could really sink my teeth into.

So I took all the tasking skills I had built in my 5 years of working and came to where I am now.  I was excited to concentrate on one topic. What I hadn’t prepared for was the fact that I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on just a handful of projects or do the deep work myself.  Nowadays I am managing what seems like dozens of projects all at once and a team of consultants and one part timer to help complete the work.  I have gone from building web sites, designing brochures, pitching media, and writing content to instructing others on how to get these things done and reviewing them.  I have had to let go of a lot of the pieces I love all to ensure that the bigger picture is always clearly in sight.  Don’t get me wrong — I still do plenty of work in these various areas, but I just don’t have time to spend all day on the phone calling reporters, or creating our newest publication.  I am now more than just a tasker. I am an idea person, and a strategist.

Now I understand what it means to be a manager.

So maybe I don’t get to dive deep into projects so much anymore, but I know that my experience and expertise are appreciated.  But of course, I have a lot to learn, and I still look to my higher ups for guidance on how to build these non-task related skills.  And being fresh out of the strict tasking phase, I can relate to newer workers about the stresses of completing tasks when they are coming down from all different people who expect different kinds of results.

But now that I have taken this step back and seen where my work path has gone, I can focus on where it is going.  In reality, I have only been working for 7 years, and I have a lot of years to work. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to dive deep into a project again.

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