Management from scratch…

I’ve been a manager in the public sector since 2012 that just happens to also have an MBA. Despite being a manager for some time, I still view myself as an apprentice of management, learning from the application of academic theory, study and experience – i.e. mistakes.

This blog charts my journey as much for my benefit as for anyone else’s. I hope others, in similar positions to me, find this blog useful, whether they are as overwhelmed as me, or with their heads locked into text books.

Scratch manager…

How did I find myself in management? After being rejected on a number of occasions for management jobs in the past I realised I had to do something about it. Feedback repeatedly commented on my lack of management experience, despite my skills in my expertise. I found myself in the conundrum of ‘how do you get the experience, without getting job?’

My solution was to enrol on the MBA course at the Open University. It’s been a truly eye-opening experience, and I’ve been learning something new each and every day. The more I learn, the more I realise how to apply those skills.

Shortly after completing my first year of the MBA, I found myself successful at achieving my ideal management position in my ideal job (albeit, not at the ideal time considering budget cuts). Since then I’ve bounced around different management roles, and now work at a strategic level.

I battle real management issues each day and learn from each experience and share them here.

Twitter: @ScratchManager

Facebook: Mist of Management

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