The Pros And Cons Of Being A Manager Before The Age Of 30


Marketing Manager at 26? Director of Sales at 28? Senior titles for individuals under the age of 30 is more common than ever before. Many startups and tech organizations are promoting junior-level employees to management positions faster than ever before. Here we explore the pros and cons of becoming a manager before the age of 30, what to expect, and how these leadership opportunities will affect you.

What are the pros?

1. You can advance your career trajectory.

Most people want to get their career to a management level and with the way startups are structured, it can happen quickly. Within 3 years of graduating from college, you could find yourself managing others.

2. You can increase your earning potential.

Individuals in management level positions make on average 2x more than junior level employees. Opportunities to be in a managerial increase your salary expectations and gives you more leverage at your organization. You’re also in a better position if you choose to leave your organization and work for a different company.

3. You can challenge yourself.

When faced with challenges, we are more likely to grow and develop as a business leader. Working in management positions forces you to develop new skills that you aren’t taught in school so you can improve yourself personally and professionally.

What are the cons?

1. You aren’t getting trained.

According to CareerBuilder, 58% of organizations do not provide new leaders proper management training. This can make the transition to management difficult since you will have to think about not just your own performance, but also the performance of your team as a whole.

2. Your job responsibilities will double overnight.

When you manage a team, your job responsibilities will double overnight since you have to create team goals, schedule team meetings, delegate tasks, conduct performance evaluations, participate in upper management meetings and much more. This change will increase your workload.

3. You’ll have to make more critical decisions.

Whether it’s managing a budget, hiring the right person, or having tough conversations with team members, you’ll be expected to make the right decision. There will be added stress and pressure to deliver since you are an even more critical part of your organization.