The first thing you should do is to try to understand and help the
'managers' above you. Until you know how they think and why, you
won't have a chance of becoming one (although some do,
unfortunately). Try to give them the advice and assistance they
need, in the form they need it. If you do this well, you'll be able
to answer your question yourself in a year or two, and also know if
you *want* to become a manager. You might also find that the move
becomes semi-automatic in a year or two.
In my experience, trying to do your boss's job (when you can) is the
key to maturing and moving up the chain. Most bosses really
appreciate it, and your value in their eyes goes up amazingly. Most
bosses don't fear it either, despite the mythology on this subject.
If they get worried about you, they'll recommend your posting
somewhere out of their chain, at a higher level.
> After some google searches, this looks like the closest group for posting
> this request for info, if not, please refer me to another group.
> I've got about 8 years of software engineering behind me now and I've known
> a bunch of engineering VPs that became VPs with 12-15 years of experience.
> I was wondering if anyone could relate their personal experiences or real-
> world advice on the matter (please no, "go to school and get real smart,"
> remarks thanks).
> Things seem to have become especially difficult for moving into management
> now that companies are laying off and tightening their belts.
> Thanks for any advice/input/experiences,
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