TAKING YOUR FISRT JOB IN MANAGEMENT
BELLO ADEYEMI I
Coming from the classes of management (human resource, material or resource management) with so much energy can be quite exiting when all that is in is your mind is to practice what you have read in the books. Of course, for one you feel the great feeling one who has arrived when you see yourself been referred to as manager even if no one calls you one yet but the fact that you know that you are now one is a lot of inspiration that makes you want to discharge duties and responsibilities even if not assigned to you, it makes you see the flaws in managerial decisions and practice of the ones more experienced than you or some other step you consider to be problematic because of your lack of experience in the field or industry, probably your boss from a distance in the organization.
For many management students joining the labour force, they make the mistake of stamping it on their mind over and over again that management is rational use of resources via human with hallmark of efficiency and effectiveness. Thinking is really the work in management, the thinking is all about efficient and effective use of resources, from this point, it is interesting to know that is never one sided, creating and maintaining the balance is the real management. Sometimes, a fresher may be looking at one side while he/she is condemning the boss for a decision/practice. It must be clear to us at this stage that effectiveness just talk about prompt goal achievement while the efficiency emphasis the balance between the used resources and the achieved goals. For example, if a project was delivered by the deadline date, it is effective but if it was handled by ten workmen instead of nine workmen, such a project is never efficient.
To the fresher, it is better to ask questions so that you can learn the act of management. It should be clear to you that some that learning the act of management requires wisdom more reason why I said, thinking is really the work in managementů Questions are asked with the view of understanding the act and not with the view of its difference from what is in the books. You may later compare with the theories in the Books once you understand the act; if there is any difference you can then find possible reasons before you see your Boss about it for further understanding.
Also, note that there are some cases of difference in what is in the Books and what is actually in practice. This difference is due to the environment and conditions surrounding practices but it must always ensure that resources are managed effectively and efficiently. For example, resource are allocated to the immediate needs when the Books of management told us that resources should be allocated base on scale of preference for the achievement of organizational goal.