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A lot of factors go into becoming a celebrated manager; experience plays a significant role, as does the team that surrounds you, but do professional qualifications claiming to boost your career actually have a tangible impact? Professional Academy is one provider of such qualifications and having witnessed hundreds of professionals go on to lead stellar managerial careers in the possession of an approved qualification, Director of Sales & Marketing Michael O’Flynn provides his view on the matter.

What really is in a certificate? After all, it’s just a piece of paper with your name on it and the name of a course developed by a professional body. Yet, thousands of people find themselves locked out of advancement opportunities due to the lack of a relevant degree or qualification.

Many people might believe their methods of managing work best for them. Holding the natural charisma to deal with people of all types comes in handy, yet certain skills that can be picked up from these courses can make a significant difference in how you operate.

The reality is, only one in five managers in the UK hold a professional qualification. From this you may assume that they don’t matter, they are actually just a piece of paper and hours of investment into something that ultimately doesn’t make a difference. We’ve seen this isn’t true and, through other research studies, know just how much of an impact taking the time to better yourself professionally can have.

In a world governed by results, 90% of managers surveyed in a 2012 CMI study said their Management qualification improved performance at work via: increased confidence, greater strategic awareness, more effective decision-making and improved performance management.

For those who aspire to hold a management role in the future, taking on a qualification is a great way to accelerate the adjustment period where new skills are required rapidly in order to hold the ship steady.

Eighty-five percent of those taking the CMI study said their qualification helped them make lasting changes to the way they manage and lead with 81% capable of passing on their new skills to others. From this, 79% believed they improved the performance of their team.

It’s noteworthy that despite some of these courses requiring a lot from the candidates, in the form of money, time and effort, 79% of employers agreed that the benefits the qualifications produced outweighed these requirements in obtaining them.

When it comes to seeking career prospects, 53% of students taking the time to invest in themselves through an accredited qualification say they received a promotion directly related to the qualification they gained.

What makes a manager?

Taking control within a business comes naturally to some people, they have the innate ability to command attention and respect while others seek struggle to assert themselves as leaders of the team.

Becoming a great manager requires more than a degree or professional qualification but these courses represent the chance to grow professionally, as your skills set builds so too should your confidence in approaching business decisions and creating strategies for the group to follow.

It’s often said there are six key factors that go into the making of a good manager; Communication, Adaptability, Problem-solving, People skills, Organisation and Change management. These represent a mix of skills that require both experience and a theoretical base to build upon.

As a professional seeking to up-skill and grow, it’s in your best interests to pursue these openings. Whether it’s self-funded, part-funded or provided by an employer, it’s unmistakable that these qualifications offer tangible outcomes with the chance to lead directly to bigger and better things for both the professional and the business they belong to.