Career Options in the Management Sector

What are managers and what do they do?

A manager or supervisor is responsible for running a department, project or staff members. It is their job to ensure that employees stay motivated and goals are reached on time, whilst solving issues that may arise from time to time.

What do managers do?

Set goals. The manager is responsible for setting goals for the group and decides what needs to be done to achieve those goals.

Organise. The manager has to split the work up into manageable sub-tasks, and choose the right people to complete the work that needs to be done.

Motivate and communicate. The manager is responsible for putting a team together that can reach company goals within the time allocated. If they cannot reach their goals it is the manager’s job to get to the bottom of the problem and find a solution.  

Measure. The manager establishes suitable targets for the team and evaluates and rewards each team member accordingly.

Develop people. The manger has to help each employee develop their knowledge and skill to keep up with modern changes and remain an asset to the company.    

What skills do I need to work in a management position?

  • Communication skills
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • High energy level
  • Ability to synthesise
  • Work ethic
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Initiative
  • Business judgement
  • Self-confidence
  • Technical skills
  • Leadership ability
  • Decisiveness
  • Problem solving ability

Where can I study management courses in South Africa?

College SA offers a range of business management and administration courses. Our accredited business courses include ICB Business Management, ICB Business Entrepreneurship, and ICB Office Administration. Our non-accredited business courses consist of General Management, Small Business Management, Credit Management, Production Management, and Information Technology Management.

These courses are aimed at students who would like to learn more about business management and ultimately pursue a career in this field.

College SA also offer other business related courses, including Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Supply Chain and Logistics Management, and Project Management.

Why study a management course?

  • An increased number of organisations are looking for people who can help grow the business and increase profits.
  • If you are considering becoming an entrepreneur, strong business and management skills can help you greatly in your future ventures.
  • With such a demand for professional managers, you can increase your chances of finding a job.
  • A management certificate can help you get a promotion in your current job.  

Popular career options in the management sector

Administrative Services Manager:

In this position, you will be responsible for planning and coordinating services for a company. This includes organising meetings, handling mail delivery and ensuring that the office stays up and running and that all workplace needs are taken care of.    

Advertising or Marketing Manager:

As an advertising or marketing manager, your job will be to manage the marketing team, come up with new campaigns and execute them. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the individual team members complete their tasks and that the end goal gets reached.      

Compensation and Benefits Manager:

This position will require you to keep track of staff salaries, bonuses and salary increases. You will be responsible for managing the complete compensation packages of employees, which may include retirement plans, further education and training compensation and other benefits.  

IT Manager:

In this position, you will be responsible for managing a company’s technical aspects. Your job will be to create infrastructures and ensure that all company software is up to date and in working order. As the IT manager, you will also have to ensure that there are no security threats or server issues and that all employees can and are working at full capacity.

Financial Manager:

As a financial manager, your job will be to make sure that the company is in a good financial position. You will have to track the company’s profits and losses and handle all tax reports. It will be your responsibility to help executives identify cost saving opportunities to increase overall incomes in the business.    

Food Service Manager:

This job will require you to keep track of restaurant inventory, staff and customer satisfaction. You will be responsible for ensuring that there are enough staff on duty, adequate fresh ingredients for the day’s orders or meals and that all customer issues are taken care of.