Some people are under the impression that they should be granted a managerial position straight out of college and are quite disappointed and frustrated when they end up with a ground floor position. Some people may feel entitled to a higher-ranking position because they feel as though they are qualified for it due to their education. However, what education doesn’t prepare you for is the real-life experience necessary to perform in a high-level position.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that beginning your career in a managerial position may actually cause you more harm than good. If you are granted a high-ranking position without the necessary qualifications, you may end up sabotaging your career and your success.
Each year, countless college graduates are disappointed and outraged that they can only find positions that they feel over-qualified for. However, they may be failing to see the true benefits in beginning their career on the ground level and how they may actually be better off in the long run.
Here are a few ways that beginning at the beginning can make you a better manager and benefit your career’s success and longevity.
- You’ll learn all the ropes. When you start out your career on the ground floor, you have the opportunity to learn the ins and out of all aspects of the job. The trouble with walking into a new business and taking a position as a manager is that you don’t understand the logistics of the organization. You may understand the general nature of the company and what you need to do, but if you haven’t been a part of it, it is very difficult to have a genuine understanding of the inner workings of the company.
- You’ll get a big slice of humble pie. Have you ever worked for a boss who talked to you as though they’re more important than you? Someone who talks down to you or can’t seem to understand what it’s like to be in your position? When you begin your career on the bottom rung, you will be able to communicate with you team much more effectively and compassionately when you reach a management position.
- You’ll make A LOT of contacts. Working your way up the corporate ladder allows you to make contacts every step along the way. You can never have enough contacts in your network, especially when you are looking to advance in your career.
- You’ll learn things you otherwise wouldn’t. Have you ever had a manager who seemed a bit clueless when it comes to aspects of the company or business other than their specific duties? When you begin on the ground floor, you will master essentially all of the skills across the board. This includes seemingly menial skills that will surely come in handy throughout your entire career.
- You’ll create opportunities. Moving through different positions, meeting different people, and learning new skills will open a vast amount of opportunities for you.
- You’ll reinforce your career goals. One of the greatest parts of beginning at the beginning is that you will have the opportunity to see if this is truly the career for you. Once you jump in and get your hands dirty, it will either reignite your passion, or it will bring to light the fact that it may not be the right choice for you. Then you can either decide to get in or get out before you completely submerge yourself in the field.
- You can learn from those above you. Starting out on the ground level gives you the perfect opportunity to learn from different leaders who are above you. Chances are, there will be a few of them and you can learn from what you love about them and from what you don’t like so much. This is when you will begin to mold yourself into a leader, yourself. You will become inspired by those who have led you and you will use that to become your own version of an inspirational, knowledgeable, talented leader.
- You’ll make mistakes before they count. Making mistakes is inevitable, and it is best to make them when you are young in your career before the results can damage your success and your reputation.
- You’ll gain confidence. While starting your career in a managerial position can be great, it can also be terrifying. If you begin your career in a leadership position when you are not qualified or knowledgeable enough and that causes you to fail, it can be very difficult to recover and gain the confidence to get back into the career world. However, if you work your way up, you will steadily gain confidence by gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to perform in the industry and you’ll be qualified before you know it.
- You’ll be a better manager. Working your way up in the industry gives you the tools to be a better manager, overall. You will be more knowledgeable, more confident, more humble and more respected in your industry. Put in the time and you will reap the benefits.
To learn more about career opportunities in the entry level at Zenith Acquisitions, visit our careers page.