As some of you know, I was considering going into management at one point and interviewed for a position a while back but didn't get it. Later I was given a contractor to manage in my own group and that went alright. I was still undecided if I really wanted to be a "real manager" or not and still am not really sure about it. Well a manager job kind of fell in my lap recently and I decided to take it. It is starting out to be a temporary position but could move into a permanent one. How long it will be temporary is still unknown.
My director move to direct another group that has had an open position for some time so his position opened up and my manager was asked to fill that role (temporarily) so then I was asked to fill the manager role (temporarily). It doesn't appear to be that temporary because they are working on trying to get approval for me to hire a contractor to fill my engineering job and they are changing a lot of documentation to show me as manager, including the company org chart. I probably won't get any kind of raise until this temporary arrangement becomes permanent.
So at the moment I'm working my engineering job and the manager job until we get approval and find someone else to take on my old work. Luckily things aren't too hectic right now so I am able to handle both for the time being. I've gotten a lot of congratulations from people I work with and a lot of mixed feelings because people don't want to lose me as an engineer. It will be really hard to keep my hands off of engineering because I've been doing it for so long and have gotten pretty good at it. I guess we'll just wait and see what happens.