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Management is a very broad term and one that we use to mean someone who is in charge of or who runs part of a company, department or people.

You can become a manager in all sectors, companies and countries. With little management experience you can gain a place on a general management graduate scheme, although many people also join a company in a junior position, gain the required skills and knowledge and then work their way up towards a management position. Graduates with previous management experience should be able to successfully apply to advertised management roles.

Skills required by managers include (but are not restricted to):

  • Leadership aptitude
  • Ability to listen to your staff and customers
  • Strategic thinking
  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Problem solving
  • People and communication skills
  • Drive and motivation

Thinking about a management career?

  • Decide on the sector in which you would like to work - as it is possible to become a manager in any sector, conduct some research into different sectors to decide where you would be best placed (see useful links)
  • Research that sector - use the resources section on the appropriate employment sector pages to start getting to know who the employers are in your sector, the work that is carried out, what is going on in current news, whether it is possible to enter at management level or whether you will have to work your way up. All of this information can help you to increase your commercial understanding of the sector, improving your applications
  • Speak to people in management positions in that sector - ask them how they became a manager and if they have any advice for you. Did they begin in a junior position and were then promoted to management or did they enter through a management graduate training scheme?
  • Gain experience within that sector - through work experience, internships, work shadowing

Useful links

Job roles

As managers work across all sectors you will find job titles will vary. Have a look at the employment sector webpages for the sector you are interested in working in to begin researching the specifics of the role you might be expected to carry out. The following is a short list of management job titles you might come across whilst conducting your job search.

Operations manager

Ensuring the economical and smooth running of the operations of a business, from incoming materials, clients and assets to the output, whether this be product or service based. They would be involved in operations strategy and processes and would manage the HR and development of their employees too. Liaising with other managers across different business functions would be a key part of their role.

Project manager

Managing a project from its very start to its successful conclusion is the role of the project manager. As well as starting the project (budgeting, client interaction, goal setting, timelines) they are also responsible for ensuring the smooth running throughout the project. This might involve designing the project, liaising with internal and external colleagues/contractors, ensuring the project progress is monitored and evaluated constantly, checking the spending and budgeting, and finally ensuring the successful completion of the project.

Office manager

Depending on the sector and the individual employer, the officer manager would generally be expected to ensure the smooth running of the office. This would entail managing all administrative processes, seeing to problems that might occur with technology or admin processes, spreadsheet management, invoice claims, filing, coordinating training or away days and other duties required by the office. Depending on the size of the department or organisation the office manager might manage a small team of administrators or could manage the office by themselves.

Useful links

Routes in

There are a number of ways to become a manager within the sector or organisation you would like to work for. Many companies have management graduate training schemes, there are some internships you could apply for and there are many management opportunities advertised as and when the business need requires it. 

You could also consider talking to your current manager about gaining management experience within your part time job, which would give you some really useful skills to talk to a future employer about.

Internships

There are very few internships with management as the specific focus, although students interested in gaining management experience through internships would certainly pick these skills up in other schemes, especially those that have a focus on leadership.

Search for management internships on CareerHub.

Graduate training schemes

Lots of graduate schemes have a management or leadership focus, especially with large, corporate organisations. Search for full time, graduate management vacancies on CareerHub.

For more graduate schemes see Inside Careers, Prospects and employers’ websites. Visit our resource centre to pick up copies of the Times top 100 graduate employers, The Guardian UK 300 and TARGETjobs which list employers with graduate vacancies.

You can also search LSE CareerHub for graduate jobs and find organisations who are coming on to campus to recruit LSE graduates.

Advertised positions

Depending on your previous experience it is possible to gain a management role from advertised positions. As well as the websites of employers, think about looking on sector specific websites for the sector you want to work in.

Search for jobs on CareerHub and see the relevant employment sector areas of the LSE Careers website for other job sites. Some other job sites are listed below:

Recruitment agencies

Before approaching a recruitment agency, please read our advice on how to get the most from the interaction. See recruitment agencies: the basics.

Resources

As well as looking at general management news, keep up to date with news from the sector you are interested in working in by visiting the resources pages in the relevant sector.

News

Further information

Links to external sites

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