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By shruti shruti Points: 0 | Level: Starter | Status: [Member]
Posted on: 9/6/2009 10:55:06 AM | Views: 2211
Hi , i am shruti , having work ex of 2 years in mainframe as a software analyst , for an MNC in credit card domain. I want to pursue may career in credit card domain only. i want to move from technical to managerial side . I am interested in diploma in international banking and finance and certificate examination in credit card for banker by IIBF .Following are the set of questions :-

1.Should i got for those exams ?
2.Are they going to help me in future ? can I move from technical to managerial side . What steps i need to follow?

Thanks & Regard
Shruti Rathi

sainath's Advice on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 :
Hi Shruti,

The exams you have mentioned will definitely help you to gain greater domain knowledge in your chosen area i.e. the credit card domain. The IIBF is the premier organisation when it comes to banking ,CAIIB is a well-known exam offered by IIBF which most bankers aim to clear.

To answer the 2nd part of your question, to become a manager you need to first spend some amount of time in some kind of a team leadership role where you are responsible for a small group of team members and are accountable for the results they produce. Even if it is a small team you will face many situations on a daily basis wherein your judgement will be challenged.People management looks very obvious, but is not obvious. A lot of people function under the mistaken notion that it means occupying a position wherein people report to you and are expected to carry out your orders, this is a gross mistake. Leadership by using positional authority is the worst kind of leadership. Leadership by personal example weherin people are genuinely influenced by your behaviour is the highest form of leadership. For example, if you have a 10 member team and have a habit of arriving 20 minutes late to office it means that your total team damage will be 11 X 20 (including yourself) = 220 minutes of productive time, i.e, you are automatically giving others the license to arrive late. So functioning as a leader is not easy. All managers are not necessarily good leaders but the best managers are usually excellent leaders.

The 1st step towards becoming a team leader is to become an excellent team player. This means that you need to help other team members when they get stuck in some assignment and always keep the team vision and team goals above your goals. More and more colleagues will then start approaching you for help and advice and gradually you will become their leader in function if not in designation initially. Such behaviour eventually leads to leadership positions like team leader which is a stepping stone towards taking up a strong managerial role. This is a gradual process so please do not expect overnight results.

Steps to do:

(1) Take up more responsibility proactively - ask for tough assignments and consistently prove your mettle in work. Any manager likes to hand the more difficult work to only those people whom he knows to be capable of solving it. One measure of how big you are is how big is the problem you are trying to solve.

(2) Always give a helping hand to others

(3) Be patient - if you are consistent opportunities will eventually head your way

(4) Let the position seek you - do not seek the position. This is a classic paradox of life - the best leaders are the ones whom others vote to power. If you seek the position people will ensure you do not reach it, trust will be lower and people will suspect your true intentions in helping them - on the contrary, if you support enough other team members, you will automatically win their respect and grow in a managerial role.

"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want."
    - Zig Ziglar

Sainath Sherigar,

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