You're at the top of your game as a developer – no longer finding the day-to-day demands of a basic developer role challenging enough to keep you engaged and inspired. You might find yourself thinking about the bigger picture – in terms of code structure, design approaches and your career.
If you're feeling unchallenged, it's time to start thinking about what you need to step up into a tech leadership role.
1. Be sure about what you want
Before you decide a management role is right for you, consider what you enjoy about work and where you want your career to take you. If your passions lie in the technical side of things, you may find that management is too people-oriented for your tastes. Instead, you might prefer an independent contributor role, wherein you take ownership over an area of development, without overseeing a team.
Think hard about which role fits best into your career story.
2. Take on more responsibility
If leadership sounds right for you, you'll need to start demonstrating it well before you're able to take on a title. Practice your leadership qualities by taking on more responsibility now. It's a good idea to volunteer when extra help is needed, or even to offer help before it's requested.
Position yourself as a driving force for positive change within the team by taking initiative and addressing problems.
3. Grow your workplace relationships
Relationships are a major part of any manager's role. Build a professional rapport among your teammates and existing managers by connecting on a personal level. Take the time to talk to them on coffee breaks and get to know them.
Becoming a friendly face to the right people means you're front of mind when new opportunities may arise. You might also come to learn from your peers and likewise position yourself as a mentor to others.
4. Keep your skills up-to-date
Lastly, don't let your focus on the managerial aspects of a tech leader role distract you from developing your technical skills. While leadership positions do tend to involve more interpersonal management than otherwise, you need to stay up to speed with your teammates and industry trends. Keeping your technical skills up-to-date ensures you have the know-how to help your team and maintain critical transferrable skills should the time come to find a new job.
Moving up may not always be possible in your current workplace. If you're ready to further your New Zealand tech or IT career, talk to 920 Career Agents today.