Why a career in Project Management?

Project managers possess an end to end understanding of a project. As you are involved in all the phases of the project from initiation to closure, it is likely you will be the only person on your project team to have a complete picture of your project.

You will have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of industries; at its core, the skills one would need to be a successful project manager are transferable across industry boundaries.

Opportunities for career advancement are plentiful: According to the Project Management Institute’s Talent Gap Report in 2017, employers in the United States alone will need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles by 2027, with a total GDP contributions from project oriented industries forecast at US $20.2 trillion in 2027!

Key Responsibilities as a Project Manager

Acquire resources, create project plans
Assign tasks and manage the project schedule
Monitor, report and manage project progress, project communications
Manage the project scope and budget
Establish and maintain relationships with project stakeholders
Manage issues and risks
Motivate and lead the project team

Project Management Career Path, Career Industries

Career Path

  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Head of Project Management Office
  • Executive Management

Career Industries

  • Information Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Banking, Insurance and Financial Services
  • Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Public Sector
  • Management Consulting

Required Technical and Soft Skills

Technical Skills

  • Knowledge of project monitoring tools: e.g. Microsoft Project, Project Server, Team Foundation Server, or others
  • Knowledge of a tool for planning, monitoring and managing projects and project tasks: e.g. Jira, Primawera, Plainview or others
  • Knowledge of different methodologies of project management, organization of project work and good practices in the field of safety assurance, e.g. Scrum, Kanban, Lean Six Sigma, SAFe, DevSecOps and others

Soft Skills

  • Spoken and Written Communication Skills
  • Organized, multi-tasker, detail oriented
  • Leader and problem solver
  • Negotiator and conflict resolver
  • Technical and business savvy

Project Management Certifications

CAPM: Certified Associate in Project Management: The “entry level” project management certification

PMP: Project Management Professional: The certification for “experienced” project managers

PgMP: Program Management Professional: The certification for those managing multiple, complex projects

PfMP: Portfolio Management Professional: The certification for those managing organizational portfolios to achieve specific strategic objectives