You can certainly work your way up to a management position without meeting any specific educational qualifications, but without a degree you may find the route to be much more difficult and potentially inaccessible in some industries. Your educational path will depend greatly on which career you're looking to pursue. One degree that is beneficial to mangers of almost any field is a masters degree in business administration (MBA). An MBA program will provide you with extensive leadership training and prepare you for a management position just about anywhere.
The qualifications for what makes a good manager can vary depending on your industry, but some skills are useful regardless of the industry. A manager should be skilled at applying their intelligence and experience to effectively troubleshoot and solve problems. You will need to be well organized and be able to formulate a plan for your organization's future. You must be a good manager as well as a good leader; you will be setting the example for your employees. A manager with a poor work ethic will have unmotivated employees. Successful managers are creative and decisive decision makers. Most importantly, you'll need to have excellent written and verbal communication skills, both in speaking to your team and reporting to upper management. It takes a dedicated individual with a great deal of initiative to become a manager.
It's not impossible to start in a management position straight out of college, but don't count on it. Companies often prefer to hire from within, so expect to start at a lower rung and climb your way to the top. Acquire as much knowledge and expertise as you can about your company, your coworkers, and the industry as a whole. By the time you're ready to be considered for a management position, you'll have earned the qualifications they'll be looking for.
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