Career Journey

Professional support, every step of the way

With CMI as your lifelong career partner, you will always have access to support, guidance and development opportunities to help you achieve your professional goals. Our Career Journey model helps you to define your strengths against the CMI Professional Standard, opening opportunities to strengthen your management and leadership skills, wherever you are in your career journey.

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How does the CMI Career Journey map work?

Underpinned by CMI’s Professional Standard for management and leadership, the career journey map will help you to assess your current strengths and highlight skills areas where there is opportunity for personal development.

With these identified skills, you can tap into CMI membership resources where you will find practical tools, resources and guidance aligned with the Professional Standard.

Not yet a member? Find out more about CMI resources and benefits, or start your journey to Chartered Manager today.

Your Career Journey with CMI

Aspiring Manager

You're just starting your management career and are eager to develop your understanding of what good management looks like.

Apply, Expand, Experience

After starting your career, you'll learn to apply your skills, expand your knowledge through continuing professional development (CPD) and build your experience. CMI provides a wealth of online practical resources to help you progress.

First Line Manager

You are managing a team or process. In your day-to-day work, you value support from your colleagues as well as access to resources to help you sharpen your personal effectiveness and achieve clearly defined objectives.

Learn, Network, Unlock

Build your self-confidence by keeping up to date with the latest management trends and best practice. Network with other managers at CMI events and share your experiences to broaden your management judgement.

Middle Manager

You are managing and leading with autonomy, delivering results to achieve your organisation's strategy. Your interpersonal excellence allows you to work collaboratively across your organisation to manage change and produce innovative solutions.

Reflect, Impact, Excellence

You have a strong sense of self-awareness, which you use to reflect on what you have done well, what could be improved, the impact you have and how you achieve excellence. It’s all about going from being a good manager to a great one. At CMI, we call it becoming a Chartered Manager.

Senior Manager

You demonstrate excellence through impact and reflection. You influence and interpret, communicate and translate strategy to drive business activities, delivering long term success for your organisation.

Vision, Adapt, Mentor

You influence, inspire and motivate your colleagues through clear leadership and effective collaboration. Your wealth of experience enables you to be agile and flexible, allowing you to adapt to the ever-changing world of business; with this insight you inspire the next generation of future leaders.


You've reached the top, actively formulating strategy, mission, vision and values for your organisation; but remember, learning is lifelong and never stops.

The map can also help you identify which CMI membership grade is right for you, helping you to get the most out of your CMI benefits.

Enhance your career today

If you're serious about being a better manager, becoming a CMI member will give you the tools for success with our range of exclusive benefits, but also a clear journey to Chartered status - the ultimate management accolade.