This text has been written for those who are unable to progress in their chosen profession without taking on the extra responsibility of managing other people, and find themselves deficient in training and experience. The book aims to help them understand the process of transition, analyze their own approaches and skills and develop new ones. Each chapter contains an introduction, illustrations, frameworks to explore issues, questionnaires for analysis or action and guidance notes. It examines approaches to learning and change, the concept of transferrable skills and the use of competences, and offers a new model for the managerial role in the forseeable future and suggests skills likely to be required. The emphasis throughout is on the importance of individual proactivity in shaping their own future.