The best way to determine whether or not management is the track you would like to pursue, is to learn more about what managers do through online training and discussions with Managers.
There are some online training courses that describe the managerial experience:
Role Playing Manager Real Life Manager Situations
Learn More about the journey from Individual Contributor to Manager
Exceed in Your Current Role
Currently as an Individual Contributor, your day to day tasks probably do not include managemement type activities. Below is a list of activities you can engage in to get managerial experience without actually being a manager at GitLab.
Back Up Your Manager
#eng-managerSlack channel for opportunities to work on Managerial related tasks
#is-this-knownSlack channel and create issues of unidentified bug reports
Initiate impactful change
Strengthen your Efficiency Value
Strengthen your Diversity Value
Participate in GitLab Meetings
At GitLab, there are a number of ICs that are interested in learning and growing into a Management role. A number of resources have been assembled to aid in the process of understanding the manager role and to gain the experience required to take it on. While resources are valuable in their own right, having an experienced Manager as a mentor can help guide ICs and provide practical advice and background. These Manager-mentors can aid the IC and shed light on what areas of Management they could focus on and what they can do practically at present to skill-up.
manager_mentorship.ymland contact them directly.
In order to measure the effectiveness of the mentorship program, a quarterly anonymous survey will be conducted for both Manager and Aspiring Managers.
Additionally, a retrospective conversation will occur 6 months after the initiation of the program aiming to gather feedback on the pilot and determine whether it should continue.