Monday, April 10, 2006

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Do I want to be a manager?

So today was quite an interesting day. I got an IM from someone in another dept at work letting me know that his manager took another job and her job will be opening up. He thinks I should apply. This is a group that I get a long with great and have actually been trying to get a job in their group but they haven't had any openings other than contract positions. They always invite me out to their happy hour gatherings which I find kind of weird. I'm the only one they invite to these things that isn't in their group. It's like they think of me as being part of their group even though I'm not. So I IM'd the manager congratulating her on her new position and she asked me if I wanted her old job too. At first I didn't think so. I mean it would probably be a lot more stress but hey my job is pretty stressful too. I broke 100 open work orders in my queue today for crying out loud. I don't know how I'm going to find the time to complete them all in a timely fashion.

I have been keeping my eyes open for other opportunities and have actually thought about going into management but I haven't decided if it's really what I want to do. So the more I think about it the more I think this would be the perfect management position for me. I already know most of the people in the group and they are a smart group of folks and I get along with them pretty well. I just looked at her organization and it appears she has like 19 direct reports :o I didn't know she had that many. I think all but about 5 of them are contractors.

I think I will go ahead and apply and see what happens. If I get it great if I don't get it that's great too. If one of the other engineers gets the job and I know some are applying for it, then there will be an open position in her group and I could always apply for it. I think it would be a sure thing. I've already spoken to one of the guys that is applying and he actually told me he thinks I would be better for the position and thinks I should apply too. Wow. Me a manager. hmm


  1. I can give you all sorts of advice about being a manager. Unfortunately, most of it is bad... :)

  2. I think you should go for it.