How Do I Become an Administrative Manager?

Tess C. Taylor
Tess C. Taylor
Administrative managers should have experience in the administrative field.
Administrative managers should have experience in the administrative field.

Becoming an administrative manager is a career goal that will likely require years of schooling and training. To become an administrative manager, a business student should seek out an accredited school and take relevant business and management courses. Once in the work force, an aspiring manager should seek out mentors, focus on developing good managerial skills, and seize opportunities to take on more responsibility.

Administrative managers need to stay focused and on task to complete duties.
Administrative managers need to stay focused and on task to complete duties.

In addition to a high school diploma, or an equivalent general education degree (GED), most administrative managers will need at least a two- or four-year university degree. An aspiring administrative manager should get this degree from an accredited business administration program. College classes should consist of general business management and financial topics, especially those that pertain to a growing global economy. Also, the administrative hopeful should concentrate on human resources and project management studies, which will become an integral part of the administrative management role.

Becoming an administrative manager requires years of schooling and training.
Becoming an administrative manager requires years of schooling and training.

Overall, career experience in the administrative field also counts highly when hoping to become an administrative manager. On average, an administrative professional should have five to seven years of experience as an administrative assistant or office professional before applying for administrative or office management work. This will help the candidate to develop skills to handle the demands of administrative office management, including written and verbal communication abilities, as well as strong computer skills.

Aspiring administrative managers should seek out a mentor to help guide them along a set career path.
Aspiring administrative managers should seek out a mentor to help guide them along a set career path.

Many office professionals who want to become an administrative manager will also seek out a mentor to guide them along a set career path. This relationship can be invaluable. Having someone to identify key strengths and provide feedback and advice will help an administrative manager be successful.

To become an administrative manager, one must also take the time to develop a career path that will demonstrate the ability to manage higher levels of responsibilities and complex tasks. This means asking for more responsibilities, learning how to manage multiple projects, and getting very organized. By focusing on the traits that every administrative manager possesses, a candidate can become an administrative manager with much more ease.

A good entry-level job in administrative work, such as an assistant, receptionist, or office clerk, will help an inexperienced candidate develop work-related skills. This will help a person understand what it takes to become an administrative manager, including all the responsibilities required of this job. Over time, a candidate may feel ready to take on more, which will be an opportune time to seek out a higher-level position.

Discussion Comments

Azuza

@indemnifyme - Your anecdote really highlights the fact that administrative managers should have a lot of experience. Not everyone can be a manager!

You have to know a lot about the business you're in but also be able to interact comfortably with people. You have to make your employees respect you or nothing will ever get done. And you have to be able to figure out your employees strengths and weaknesses so you can assign the right person to the right job. It's a lot more complicated than you would think!

indemnifyme

@JaneAir - I have a friend who is a receptionist right now. She kind of hates her job but she realizes she has the potential to move up so she's sticking it out for now.

I just wanted to say that not all administrative managers are that qualified. The insurance agent I work for managers our whole office, and he is so not qualified. At all. He doesn't have any managerial experience, but he did have the money to buy the agency after he got licensed. And it seems like he really didn't get any managerial training from the insurance company either. Guess how well our office is doing?

JaneAir

I never knew it was so difficult to become an administrative manager. Still, it seems like it would be cool to be able to say that you started out as a receptionist and then worked your way to the top! That's pretty much American dream, really.

I think this article is right on the nose about getting experience and networking. I've found that even if you have the right credentials, you won't get too far in the job market unless you know the right people.

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