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Project managers lead projects to success. It’s all about helping a team complete a project while meeting all of its objectives.

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What is project management?

Project management is all about reaching the finish line within the set parameters of the project. Project managers oversee the day-to-day running of the project and its people, as well as staying on top of matters such as budget, risk and quality.

Let’s use an example to explain what it’s all about. Ever booked a holiday? That’s a project – it has things like deadlines (making a booking, notice of annual leave, packing in advance…), suppliers (hotels, rental cars, flight operators), goals (to have a 5 day, 5* beach resort experience) and a budget, all of which need managing. Project management is a lot like this, but for things like reports, websites or products.

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Is a project management career right for me?

Strong collaborators and natural leaders make great project managers. This is because the job requires a great deal of communication, motivation and consensus-building, often with people with differing priorities. While project management roles are about managing the practical aspects of a project, this has to be balanced carefully with the needs of the humans who are making it happen – a skill in itself.

Almost every industry has a place for project managers, from technology to marketing, events to construction. So, naturally, prior industry experience can be an advantage if you are coming from an existing career.

How do I get into project management?

So, how do you become a project manager? Well, there are a number of different project management methodologies, such as PRINCE2 and Scrum. A qualification in a methodology is seen as essential by some employers to begin a career in project management, so a project manager course with a certification is often recommended as a good place to start.

Experience from previous careers is often both highly transferable and highly valued, in particular when project managers have relevant industry experience.

Where could this career take me?

We’ve scoured the internet and found a whole heap of resources around life as a project manager. Take a look at the links below to see what we’ve found.

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Project Management Resources & Insights

Amazon

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Challenging & Inspiring Project Managers

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Project Manager | Blog

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From sudden advances in technology to global competition, organisations need to respond to the challenges of a changing business environment. Good project managers play pivotal roles in helping teams navigate change.quote-end icon

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