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I am finding that a career as a technical/scientific specialist can be rewarding, but I find myself pigeonholed in terms of moving out of being the "technical experts". Many other people depend on me to be effective and complete their jobs, especially commercial staff, but I am being kept at a "technical advisor" level. I want to move into management.

My understanding is that generalists are better suited to lead a company, as they can connect with different areas and be proficient at communicating and organising different aspects of a company's activities.

So, the question is: how does the transition between technical specialist and (senior manager) generalist happen? How does one escape pigeonholing?

Note: for answers like "ask for projects beyond your R&R", this is out of the question. And even if I got one, I would not get credit for the results.

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    Have you applied for any 'generalist' positions? If so, what feedback have they given you? Is your very specific areas of experience working against you at this stage? – Kozaky Feb 12 at 9:59
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    Unlikely to happen unless you change companies.... why not take a management course? I've seen lots of managers in the IT industry who couldn't handle any of the tech jobs... – Kilisi Feb 12 at 10:52
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    What is "pigeonholing"? – Dominique Feb 12 at 11:23
  • pigeonholing just means "stuck in one role". BTW you can easily google the meaning of such slang. (Or, you can ask here, which is more fun :) ) – Fattie Feb 12 at 11:41
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    are you more of a silent guy, or more like talkative? – virolino Feb 12 at 12:28
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I want to move into management

For how long have you imagined yourself in a position like this ? Remember: managing demands much more than this:

My understanding is that generalists are better suited to lead a company, as they can connect with different areas and be proficient at communicating and organising different aspects of a company's activities.

When managing a team, you're the guy who's supposed to make decisions thas should be good for company and employees alike. You are dealing with peoples lives. Are you ready for some pressure and possibily coworker's hatred ? Keep that in mind.

Finally, answering your question: You already got ,at least, one thing in your favor, cos' your technically skilled. You should also considering studiyng / getting a degree in management. Once you are already inside the company, make it known to your bosses that you are looking for the opportunity. That's the way. Outside your company, that would be harder since you are unexperienced with this kind of leadership.

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