How to start a career in project management
There are many ways to start a career in project management with the help of a number of awarding bodies offering relevant certifications and qualifications. PRINCE2, IASSC Lean Six Sigma, and ITIL are among the many that offer project management classes online to help advance novices and the more experienced professionals to launch a career in project management.
Steps to help you become a qualified Project Manager:
If you’re looking to embark on a career as a Project Manager it is important to first get qualified. Potential professionals are able to secure qualifications in the fundaments of project management, where individuals will learn the basic understanding and essential skills to project management. It is more than likely that you will not require previous experience or any relevant GCSEs or A Levels to complete a project management qualification.
If you’d like to better understand the project management role and industry as a whole, it is recommended to gain experience in all areas involved with completing a project. There are many departments, industries, contractors and tradesmen involved with a project at different stages, spend time with each department to gain a better understanding of your role as a project manager, learn the terminology used in the industry and understand how a project is completed from the initial stages to the finishing touches.
Have you got the right key attributes? Although key attributes are not always essential when applying for a project manager position, a number of key attributes will help you become a successful project manager. For example, desired attributes include being a good communicator, effective team leader, ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines, honesty, positivity and attention to detail.
If you’re looking for a long and successful career in project management, become a specialist in a niche. Although throughout your career, you will be responsible for managing a number of the project across a range of industries, many Project Managers go on to specialise in particular areas and become an expert in that field. Initially, you might not know which field you’d like to specialise in, that’s why it’s important to take time and gain experience before choosing your specialism.
To achieve promotions and widen career opportunities, upskill your existing level of knowledge and skills. To upskill, you can complete advanced qualifications in a number of project management related diplomas and certifications.