What does it mean to be in project management? Is this a career path for you? Over the years I have mentored both clients and students towards the field of project management. For my students mentees, they are majoring in something mainly to get the degree and these majors do not always yield work in said field. For example, I was Marketing major as an undergrad but did not work in Marketing. Having an interest in and a focus on project management in their resumes and "interview talk" has helped them find a role more quickly and more diversified than would have been found without the niche of project management. It has also allowed for them more growth and less focus on specialization - they can be more generalist in their career and apply these skills and talents learned on their first job to any industry, and company.
For my clients I help focus their skills and experiences to where they can get the most opportunities. For many of them, this has been by focusing on project management. Some people do not need this focus because they have a set career path but for others, particularly people transitioning back into the work force, these skill sets make it easier to jump back in to their next step. I created some blogs and vlogs about transitioning back into the work force after taking time off either to care for your children or due to unemployment and I have found that particularly for these clients that being able to list and show project management skill sets and experiences have helped them land their next step.
This option is not for everyone but it can be for most people. For the mom who took 5-7 years off because the cost of daycare was too much to cover on her salary and for the person who was unemployed for over 2 years due to the economy, being able to show that they had skills and talents they worked on and grew while out of conventional work force and having those skills and talents be project based is what made the difference for them to get their next step. Even for people who have been in their careers but itching for growth or to change industries or any other changes.
Project management skills include (simplistically speaking):
· Identifying what needs to be done
· Identifying the timeline and how it needs to be done
· Dealing with various vendors or parties to make it happen
· Understanding, documenting and communicating about the project
· Being a great communicator
· Being able to manage multiple people, deadlines and needs
· Great management skills
Even with just a few of these traits, I would want to hire you immediately. To show you have all of them is something so important to being in demand and wanted for your career. In less than a month, I will be giving my seminar on how to identify and become a project manager – focusing on skills identification, skill transformation and really it will be a master class on how to position yourself as a project manager in your career search. For only $99, this course can help set up your career to the best next step possible – one of a career focused on growth and excitement with the ability to move between industries and more. Will you join me? Click here to find out more: http://www.thenextstep1234.com/seminars-offered-by-the-next-step-and-wagner-college-office-for-lifelong-learning.html
Lisa Vento Nielsen