December 13, 2011 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Project Management as a Career
Project Managers - Step Up to a New Career Level
By Michael L Young
Project management can be an interesting, challenging and well-paid career for those with the right skills and qualifications to offer.
Whether you are a project director in charge of a multi-million dollar development, a team leader or a valuable member of a small team - there is always something to learn. There are many ways to improve skills and knowledge to boost your PM career.
A great PM will have a valuable blend of qualities to offer employers and clients. PM’s need: a breadth of knowledge - including up to the minute best practice and project management theory; experience across a range of project types, and qualifications, including certification by the Australian Institute of Project Management.
More than that, it is vital for a good PM to possess other skills not generally offered in PM training. It’s one thing to know how to plan a project timeline and prepare and manage a budget - it requires a whole different range of skills to be able to negotiate with stakeholders and manage clients and team members for outstanding results.
To excel as a PM a person needs superior skills in: leadership, communication and the ability to manage and deal with people. This includes harnessing great ’soft skills’ in order to better communicate, facilitate and dissipate issues and possibly grievances. These are the difference between a good PM and a great one.
What’s more there has been a skills shortage in this area especially for the construction industry for quite a while so another reason to understand such a rewarding career.
There are 6 steps to help project managers step up to the next career level:
- Make a plan - establish an individually tailored development plan to optimise your existing skills, knowledge and abilities then identify specific learning you need to undertake to excel as PM.
Start learning - commence training and development including traditional PM skills such as scheduling and budgeting, or interpersonal, communications, leadership and self-management training.
Find help - engage a coach to help you to embed the key PM skills and behaviours.
Get recognised - seek out and attain nationally recognised industry certifications and qualifications. They are an independent indicator of your knowledge and skills.
Keep up to date - attend regular industry forums and seminars to discover what is happening in the industry, to network and make valuable contacts and to learn from the lessons of others.
Just do it - Start now and transform your project management career!
Michael Young is Principal Consultant with ‘Transformed’ - Project Management Unleashed. http://www.transformed.com.au
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