Some roles remain relevant despite the rough patches the economy goes through. Undeniably, individuals tend to opt for such roles so that their career path does not suffer. One such domain is that of project management. Project Managers remain significant to companies big or small. Each employer needs people who can ensure that the work is delivered within specified timelines along with predefined outcomes. Some tips that may help an aspirant range from getting oneself certified, exploring all opportunities in the employment environment, gaining technical knowledge and networking.
PMP and Prince2 certifications are popular choices among many who aspire for growth in the project management domain. This is primarily because these certifications are globally accepted. Also, a candidate with such a certificate and some relevant experience is expected to deliver better outcomes. This certification also helps its seeker gain perspective on managing the project which has proved to benefit the progress of the project. Certification can also help a project manager learn the global terms and terminologies used in this domain. It is therefore also an enabler to make oneself more employable with global organisations.
Since project management is a skill that can be used across sectors and domains, this knowledge can be assumed as transferable across different industries. A good way to also improve prospects is to keep oneself open to opportunities. This can help the incumbent gather knowledge, skills and abilities which can open doors to more interesting work options and better remuneration. Working in other sectors also broadens one’s horizon to be able to manage different projects and manage cross-functional teams, increasing the scope to more opportunities.
In order to be better at managing the team, involve yourself in the work of your team members. This may require spending time to absorb and digest the knowledge that they all bring to the table. But it is extremely helpful to be able to know what they are talking about and be able to also communicate with them in their language. It helps to reach the target sooner and avoids the scope of miscommunication. Presently, the trend of optimising resources to achieve targets is the Agile methodology. Project Managers can use Agile methods to manage the project and ensure that each deliverable meets its expected outcome and is as per client needs within stipulated timelines.
Socialising with professionals working in the same domain can serve several benefits. You can learn more from their experience and exposure. Such conversations can also open doors for new opportunities and outlook towards driving your project. A good thing about such discussions is that everyone comes with ideas that may seem similar outwardly but the in-depth thought that surfaces may open the roadblocks and challenges that your present project may be posing. And it goes without saying that new job prospects also may come your way amidst such conversations.
Thus, improving job prospects in the project management domain requires a mix of soft and hard skills. While in itself it is a challenging role, the benefit primarily is that the skills gained in managing a project are transferable across different sectors. To grow in this domain one could opt for various seminars, lectures and certifications. This can keep the individual updated with present market trends and the individual becomes more employable as well. Some common certification like PMP and Prince2 serve these purposes adequately.