By: Continuing & Career Education at Assumption College
Thursday, November 3, 2016
- Leadership: Leadership doesn’t have to include any fancy job title. You demonstrated leadership when you took the initiative to plan the office’s Halloween party or run a meeting. Taking responsibility around the office, no matter how big or how small, will hone your leadership skills.
- Communication: Chances are that you’ve worked with a lot of people over the years. You may not have managed teams yourself, but you’ve communicated with people who all have different skill sets or who work in different levels within an organization. Project managers have to communicate effectively with clients, team members, as well as third party vendors.
- Flexibility: Do you want to thrive as a project manager? Then you need to be able to adapt to any situation. Projects can change in scope. Budgets get blown. But it’s your responsibility to keep calm as you transition your team to plan B.
- Organization: Project managers not only keep their ducks in a row, but also know how to prioritize tasks. You’ve done this dozens of times, reshuffling your deck to meet your manager’s strict and sudden deadline.
- Foresight: All actions have consequences, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Project managers must be able to step back and take a look at the big picture, rather than get caught up in little details. Working on a lot of projects over the course of your career allows you to better predict the outcome.
Bonus points if you’re somewhat familiar with the industry
Career switches don’t have to be night and day. Many project managers spend the beginning of their careers building the skills necessary to be good project managers. For example, a digital marketer learns the tricks of the trade in a task-oriented role. With each and every task, she becomes more familiar with the intricacies of the marketing industry and learns how to help her client be more successful. After gathering as much knowledge as possible, she might take the plunge and become a Digital Marketing Project Manager. Project managers can work in many different industries, including marketing. Being familiar with the industry can make your transition to project management smoother and help you stand out in a pool of applicants.
Remember that there’s no single “right” path to becoming a project manager. It’s much easier to learn the industry than to learn how to be a good leader. Once you have the right management skills under your belt, the world is your oyster.
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