Why project management is a good career path
(Editor’s note: You may want to start by reading Part 1 of this blog post.)

Project management is an important element of today’s job market, with countless positions out there for those seeking careers in the field. Even for seemingly unrelated careers, many of the core skills that help project managers thrive can be useful.

So, it’s no surprise that interest in project management education continues, especially at places like Grantham University, which is an approved education provider of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Education equals experience

The competencies outlined by the PMI are often among the same skills that can lead to advancement at just about any job.1 Whether seeking a new position or wanting to pursue a job promotion, credentials are a big selling point. A project management education that leads to project management certification can prove to a hiring manager you are ready to take on the next level. Among its 58 degrees and certificates, Grantham offers a few project management-related programs, including a Master of Business Administration in Project Management that is aligned with the PMI and can help you become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

There’s also Grantham’s Master of Science in Information Management – Project Management degree, which is geared toward IT-savvy graduates interested in managing information systems projects. It’s another program that – because of the University’s PMI status– can equip you with the skills you need to pursue certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Also, for those who want a taste of the project management world before jumping into a full degree program, Grantham offers undergraduate and graduate-level project management certificates.

Make your resume shine

Once you’ve completed your project management studies (or at least made your way through most of the program), make sure your resume shines with all the project management education and skills you’ve learned.

Remember the PMI’s core competencies from Part 1 of this blog? Your resume is the ideal place to integrate those terms as keywords that will stand out to job recruiters seeking the best candidates.

And our fantastic Grantham Career Services professionals are always here to help with your resume, interview preparation, job search tips and much more. The team’s Career Launch program, in particular, is a very popular no-cost option for all job seekers. The program is perfect for those looking for their first position, a new role or even a complete career change. Check out Career Launch’s top three benefits in this related blog post.

Nail the project management interview

When pursuing a project management job, you should know all the appropriate terms and competencies and be prepared to answer key questions. Demonstrating your self-confidence tends to inspire others’ confidence in you and what you can bring to an organization.

Nathalie Udo and Sonja Koppensteiner, in a conference paper presented at PMI Global Congress, outlined the role and competencies of the project manager within different approaches.1 Topics like leadership, negotiation, communication and team building are likely to come up in interview questions, such as:

  • How do you determine where a project is, where it has been and where it is going?
  • Describe previous team-building activities, and how you delegate project management responsibilities and recognize team achievements.
  • What type of project management tools have you used in the past?
  • Describe a previous project and address budget, time and quality; explain what you do when problems arise in these areas.
  • What is your communication style, and how do you adjust your communication for diverse groups/individuals?

With these tips in check, you’ve worked hard to determine if project management is right for you, to begin to think like a project manager, to gain the education you need for the job, and to arm yourself for interview success. What remains is simply going out to conquer the world of project management!

References

1https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/ore-competencies-successful-skill-manager-8426

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