I’m about to start my Diploma of Management.  Next week I will be attending 2 days of face to face training.

I’m a manager for a government organisation and I manage around 20 staff.  I really love what I do and this Diploma of Management will help me to do it better.

I became a manager in an odd way, I never imagined myself becoming a manager but that’s what has happened.

I have worked in office administration for 20 years and I love training and developing people.  I also love learning myself and enjoy every new thing I learn.

However, I also realised I had no qualifications to prove that I was a good trainer, as I had just naturally fallen into the position of  training new staff, being the go to person for learning new things, all without any formal training.

I went out and did Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and Certificate IV in Business Administration through TAFE, in the same year, whilst working full time and raising my son solo.  To say I was busy is an understatement.  However, I loved it.  I loved learning new things, I loved learning why I did what I did and how I could do it better.

What’s this to do with becoming a manager?

Well, nearly 5 years ago, the Employment Agency I had only registered with rang me and asked if I was interested in taking on a training job for managers that would last about 6 – 8 weeks.  As I was working casually, I jumped at the chance of full-time work for that period of time.  I attended the interview, got the job and started working where I am now.

That was 4.5 years ago and I’ll still here. The training job period extended as the software I was training in was delayed, then I started helping the managers I was training to do other things, teaching them how to use other software, performing  data mining, data integrity, all things that my skills in office administration and training helped them to learn and use.

Then I became a manager part-time and recently a full-time manager.  Along the way I also was the acting manager for my branch so I have been doing a lot of management.  I’m supported by my department and other managers however I want to keep learning how to do it better all the time.

So when the opportunity to study was offered, I applied straight away and was successful.  I’m looking at a period of 1 – 2 years training and I’m really looking forward to it.

The Diploma of Management will teach me so many new things and I’m really looking forward to it.

I’ll keep you up to date with how my training is going and let you know what I learn or discover as I do this.

Tell me, do you love learning?

Tania Shipman
Interested in Anything and Everything © 2009 – 2011

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