IT Manager – Job Description
IT managers oversee the design, development and construction of IT systems, either in-house or as an external IT consultant.
Projects can range from the complex and long-term, such as a major new client database, to simpler, short-term jobs like the installation of a new phone system.
It is the IT manager’s job to co-ordinate project teams, work out budgets and timescales and ensure that the change from one system to another is done as smoothly as possible. Keeping management/clients fully informed throughout the process is vital.
Decision-making, communication, organisational and analytical skills are major requirements.
Significant industry experience and/or an IT degree is required. Some employers might consider graduates with maths or engineering-based qualifications. Similarly, project management experience gained in a different sector is often favourably looked upon.
The Projects in Controlled Environments (PRINCE2) qualification on your CV is a head-turner, but many employers will send their staff on a training course to acquire it. IT project management qualifications from bodies such as the Association of Project Management (APM) are also useful for career progression.
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British Computer Society (BCS)
Offering a chartered status for IT professionals, the BCS provides a number of qualifications towards continuing professional development. They also strongly support exchange of knowledge and expertise, and membership can get you access to this community of information.
Institute for the Management of Information Systems
Involved in information and research development to support IT professionals, the IMIS also offer a strong education network with links to universities and regarded qualification programmes that cover the spectrum, from providing a foot in the door to continuing professional development.
IEEE Computer Society
A division of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Computer Society provides access to a wealth of information developed through knowledge exchange and research allowing you to keep abreast of latest trends and developments. They also offer some training in addition to networking opportunities through conferences.
Institute of Analysts and Programmers
An organisation for those involved in the development, testing and installation of software and computer systems. Membership gets you access to an enterprising network of professionals, a number of professional services and advice and if you’re a consultant, or considering becoming one, your name goes on their register of consultants which can direct clients to you.
The UK Sector Skills Council for IT, connecting you with the training and qualifications you need to get ahead in the industry.
National Skills Academy for IT
A portal to short and long courses, apprenticeship schemes and information about careers, standards and systems. Great for figuring out if IT management is the job for you and how you can get there.
Offering certification to help you progress to management level and stay at the height of your game when you get there, CompTIA are a great association to be a part of during your network career.