The question: How do I become a change manager?
I work in an educational environment specifically focusing on the management of change and I am considering a career move out of education into a more financially rewarding practical role in IT. Can you suggest a good route to follow?
The solution: Learn project management skills
The role of a change manager within IT is benefits focused. The change manager is responsible for defining the benefits, assessing progress towards realisation, and achieving measured improvements for different IT projects from a cultural and cost perspective. The change manager works on behalf of senior managers, with a strong focus on return on investment.
Specialists are often qualified in a project management methodology such as Prince2 or Rational Unified Process. Many have a consulting background that has enabled them to look at the requirements of clients from a third-party perspective.
IT change managers are often part of a project team that is involved in the roll-out of a new technology or system on an enterprise-wide level.
Day rates range from £350 to £650 and salaries from £35,000 to £60,000. It is worth noting that change manager is just a title. Many of the responsibilities carried out by a business analyst and a project manager are focused around driving change. At a more senior level, IT directors and CIOs will be the change agents, looking at cost numbers and the final vision for company culture.
Solution by Tristan Amin, IT management specialist recruiter at HudsonThe panel: Plan-Net Services, Hudson, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology, No Limits Coaching, The Training Camp
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