My Education: high school diploma
My Prior Experience: I have been at the same job for 25 years.
My Company: Distributor and manufacturing representative of industrial and commercial process instrumentation: pressure gauges, valves, mechanical switches and the like.
Job/Career Overview: As a manager of a business you are not only responsible for the company, you are also responsible for your employees. A company is only as good as the people who are working for it. A good manager is responsible for knowing all the positions in the company and how they function and interact with each other. Knowing how they interact, however, is not as important as dealing effectively with the human element; the human element is the hardest to master and the most problematic to maintain. People are completely different and will react differently to the same incident. A manager's duty is to learn the jobs and also the people who are doing them and assign appropriate individuals to each and every task.
I rate this career 8 out of 10.
Dealing with the "personal" side of the job is very demanding. Employees do not leave their personal lives at the front door. You will have to manage employees who are struggling with a personal crisis. There has to be a good line of communication and great flexibility between the company to the employee. Without this communication there will be a breakdown in the chain of command and overall productivity. A manager needs to find the right way to communicate with each employee and be able to openly discuss the company's and his own concerns, as well as the needs and desires to the employee.
The more education you get the better off you will be in your career. However, book learning is only part of the education you should strive to obtain. The more education you get in managing people the better you will be in any position you take. Understanding and "reading" people is a critical function that is difficult to master.