Obsessed with your diary? Have a strong attention to detail? – then becoming a Project Manager could be the perfect career move for you. Depending on the project, responsibilities can cover all aspects from the design stage through to completion and handover to the client.
Project managers ensure that the client’s requirements are met, the project is completed on time and within budget and that everyone else is doing their job properly.
The responsibilities of the Project Manager can vary across industries, but will generally include the following;
- Executing, monitoring, controlling and closing a project
- Creating and implementing schedules to meet deadlines
- Cost estimation and budget development
- Team structuring and resourcing
- Performing quality assurance
- Managing and mitigating risk
To become a Project Manager you will need to be able to lead a team, so superior management skills, and the ability to motivate and delegate tasks is essential. Other qualities, also crucial to the role can be found in our Top 10 Qualities of a Project Manager article. If you can tick all these off against your skills set, then a career in project management is definitely beckoning you. It’s important to remember that project managers are not expected to carry out all the project work themselves. Project managers have project teams working under them who help to achieve all of the objectives of the project; however, if something goes astray with the project, the project manager is always ultimately accountable.
Many people fall into the project manager role because they are motivated team members who are good communicators, don’t fear accountability and have excellent time management and organisational skills. However if you are not involved in any project teams and are completely new to the field, here are some tips on carving your own career path in project management:
• Professional organisations – If you are not a member of the APM ( Association for Project Management ) you are missing out on Europe’s largest professional body for project and programme management. For information on how to join visit: www.apm.org.uk
• Gain a Project Management Qualification /Certification – The APMP is one of the most well known project management credentials in the UK and is the widely accepted standard for demonstrating a professional level of competence in project management. There is also the PMI( Project Management Institute) Project Management Professional and PRINCE2®. For a guide to which qualification may be best for you click here.
• Participate in LinkedIn Groups – LinkedIn groups are a free, effective way to network with like-minded professionals. There are a lot of project management groups which all have interesting and informative discussions.
• Read Blogs – There are thousands of project management articles and blogs on the web. Commit to reading a few on a daily basis – there is unlimited information for you to digest in these. 20|20 post regular news/blog articles covering wide subject matter, aimed at helping all those in the project management profession. Click here to read a few.
• Utilise Twitter – whether you’re a novice or experience twitter user, use 10 minutes per day running through a twitter search on Project Management to find a huge variety of information to add to your already growing knowledge.
• Further your Education – take classes, earn a certificate, and work toward obtaining and/maintaining a project management qualification. Visit our full course list page here for all courses which are available for you to book across the UK.
Also have a look at the following APM link: http://www.apm.org.uk/YourCareer
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