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AIM IT Emerging Leaders Program helps professionals plan an IT career path that works for them

Registration is now open for AIM IT Emerging Leaders Program.

There are a lot of people who have been good technical employees––whether in a role as a programmer, network engineer, business analyst or project manager––but wondering whether they want to make a transition into more of a leadership or management role within their organization.

The AIM IT Emerging Leaders Program is geared toward people like them: Information technology professionals interested in transitioning into leadership roles. Classes within the program offer the real-world experience of existing IT leaders to help participants gain a better understanding of the issues, challenges and skills needed to advance in their careers.

Participants will be part of a cohort from organizations across the community and will have the opportunity to learn from each other, as well as the program instructors.

The program runs from April 25 through June 20. The group meets for one afternoon every other Thursday, with the exception of the last session, which is a full day. Topics include communication skills, resource optimization, performance improvement and relationship building.

The AIM IT Emerging Leaders Program will:

  • Provide activities to increase understanding, build skills and enable discernment on whether a move into IT management is the path they wish to pursue.
  • Increase employee’s understanding of the business, technical and human resources challenges involved in leadership.
  • Prepare them to be better team members as well as possible leaders.
  • Assist organizations in identifying and preparing future IT leaders while improving team building skills.

Conversations in the program draw on real-life examples to illustrate the demands and decision-making involved in leading teams. One day is spent on “day in the life of’ scenarios,” which some of the existing leaders have had to deal with. They present the scenario and ask the class: How would you deal with this?

Registration for the Emerging Leaders program is open from now until through April 18. For more information, visit careerlink.com/lp/emerging-leaders-program/