Were You Born to be a Leader?
Sometimes you're born with the traits that help you find a career that fits like a glove. And sometimes, maybe not. But since we all want to wake up
looking forward to a workday that makes us happy, it's certainly important to know what career best fits our individual personality.
So if you're thinking about beginning or furthering you career in Project Management here are a few things you ought to know.
While some people ask 'Who's the Boss', other people know it has to be them. Project Managers like being the boss. They also like being responsible for directing business initiatives, solving problems, and are insistent about keeping their projects on strict timelines and budgets.
Project Managers are born with or have developed excellent communication skills. They're also extremely organized. And enjoy working with a diverse group of employees: engineers, product designers, marketing people and salespeople. And they want these people to be good at their jobs so each and every project is completed efficiently and on budget
What else should be part of your Project Management DNA?
How about flexibility and openness no matter what's going on. Because as we all know, sometimes the best laid plans face unplanned for obstacles. That's why Project Managers need to be calm and focused and able to set a positive example for others to follow.
Of course, you should also be adaptable. Because throughout your career you'll work in a variety of environments from more formal offices to the organized clutter of a start-up.
If you're saying "Yes that's me", keep reading...
You've got the right DNA. Now how do you capitalize on it?
In Real Estate the three words to success are: Location. Location. Location. In Project Management they're: Education. Education. Education. To start, all degree programs in Project Management should focus directly on topics related to the potential workplace. Both at the undergraduate and graduate levels your degree program will almost always consist of classes in teamwork, team dynamics, organization, and communication skills.
Also expect classes focusing on Project Management, planning, management, finance, and risk management.
Your natural skills can always use refining.
If you're a working adult or going back to school after a break, or a recent high school graduate planning your higher education, remember
your degree in Project Management can be earned online, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. If studying through an online degree program, make sure it is from an accredited institution.
No matter what, remember that pursuing a career in Project Management can lead to a big payoff. The median annual earnings of Project Managers (including salary and bonus) are currently around $100,000 per year. And those with higher levels of training and education do even better.
Because Product Managers are needed within so many industries--including business, construction, and information technology--they have a wide variety of career choices and the opportunity of always having one these industries saying "I want you", regardless of the financial climate.
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