It’s relatively easy to become a project manager (PM). Becoming a project manager who can land a gig, however, is – like anything else that’s worth the effort – a different story.
Nearly every organization needs a project manager. Resultantly, you may want to pursue a career as a PM, in part, for job security.
However, becoming a project manager isn’t as straightforward as earning a certification and finding a job. By understanding a few facts about the role, you can work toward developing the requisite skillset demanded by employers.
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The way most people become PMs
Many executives and team leaders find themselves fulfilling the role of a project manager. Often, they accept a job offer utterly unaware that, one day, their employer will task them with leading a project.
Certification isn’t necessary to become a project manager. Most entry-level project managers have already earned an advanced degree and have had their superiors thrust them into the role without training. Alternatively, some professionals realize that they might enjoy project management and pursue certificate training to meet that goal.
If you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to become a PM, start by assessing your current skill set. Then, figure out what skills you need to earn to fulfill the role.
Once you’ve determined what you need to learn, you’ll need to search for learning opportunities. After you’ve earned your certification, you’ll want to take advantage of every chance to use your new skills in your current role.
You’ll also need to develop a plan for segueing into the role of a full-time project manager, perhaps by consulting with human resources personnel.