Management Trainees

The first and most important step at entry level is management training. These programs are usually well oriented to the employer's business, and include a lot of very practical learning and experience. Management training is highly structured, but getting this training can be extremely difficult, as well as competitive.

Getting the management training

Traineeships are conducted on a strictly formal level. You need to apply and be approved before getting into the program. The whole program includes performance reviews, mentoring and coaching. It's advisable to consider the training program as college training and a full-time job combined.

Many employers are pretty good about their management training, and will actively encourage employees to apply for their programs and recruit management trainees directly. The problem is that not everyone can get this training. In many cases, candidates are selected on the basis of job applications.

To get a management trainee position you need:

  • A good CV or resume as an outside applicant
  • A good work record with the employer
  • Relevant qualifications
  • In some cases, mature age is a qualification

Doing the training

Training is designed to cover everything, and that's what you'll get, from the ground up. This training starts paying for itself immediately. It's invaluable on your work history and CV. In some industries, like fast food, you can build a work history showing supervisory, business and management experience before you're 20. That's almost impossible in most jobs.

This is a case where the phrase 'Stick with the program' really has practical applications. The training itself is real work, and a lot of it. You participate in training sessions along with actual work, and if you're new to the workplace, it can be grueling, so you have to adapt to the environment quickly.

Training includes all relevant hands-on work, and the skills learned are essential for any career progress. The training itself is very valuable. If you consider the cost of formal training in business, the business management training alone is particularly valuable.

Benefiting from the training

The training program is only the start. Not only do you get full training, useful experience, and a work record to match, you also get more opportunities. Management training programs include a unique element: direct exposure to career opportunities and access to in house advice and guidance.

Training programs are designed with these objectives. Their intention is to create and promote a skills and knowledge base, and they're very effective in that regard. It's no coincidence that some of the world's biggest and most successful employers are companies with this strong training culture. Their employees get a lot of valuable training they may not even have been able to afford if they'd tried to get it through colleges.

This is qualification by other means for many people, and it's an excellent grounding for careers. Even if you don't stay in the industry in which you were trained, your business practice skills are useful everywhere else. Employers benefit from thoroughly trained staff with good local knowledge and business skills. Management training programs are a win-win for everyone involved.