I want to become an IT manager

I have worked for Acer and Olivetti in product management for five years, have good IT skills, but no formal qualifications. I...

I have worked for Acer and Olivetti in product management for five years, have good IT skills, but no formal qualifications. I have recently mastered HTML and Javascript and successfully put Web sites online. I am looking to move forward. My ideal job would be as an IT manager or director but without the necessary skills it is hard to get into. What would you advise?

Try speaking to your employer

Jonathan Watts

Manager, permanent recruitment, Computer Futures, Bristol

Have you spoken to your current employer and clearly highlighted exactly where you are looking to take your career? I feel this would be far more fruitful than you would have probably first imagined.

Because of the shortage of IT professionals available in the market today, the problem facing all employers is staff retention. I am sure that if you sat down with your line manager and discussed your thoughts and goals a solution that would be of mutual benefit could be devised. It is really hard to step into more senior roles by continually moving jobs. It is far easier to do it by gaining the experience where you are, even if it is only limited, and then move on.

Alternatively, you could look to join a small/start-up organisation with a small IT department where your skills could be widely used and the individual performs a variety of roles, including that of IT manager. As the company grows you grow.

The panel: Apex, MSB International, Best International Group, Computer Futures, Computer People, Elan, ITNTO, Monarch Recruitment, Reed Computing

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