Although stockholders measure progress at the end of every quarter or fiscal year, companies tend to measure progress based on project completion. Did we meet the deadline? Did we complete everything under budget? What kind of mistakes did we make along the way? What areas need additional improvement? What was employee satisfaction or consumer satisfaction like? Assessing these areas both during the project and after its completion is the role of a project manager. If you have a natural knack for organization, motivation, outside the box thinking, information technology, creativity, and conflict resolution, it's worth considering what steps are necessary to pursue a project management career.
What Types of Project Management Careers Are There?
In truth, there are project management career opportunities for almost every industry imaginable from education to law to business to politics. Thus, whatever interests you currently have, it is relatively easy to complete the appropriate education and become a project manager in the industry of your choosing.
What College Education Is Necessary for a Project Management Career?
Depending on the level of education you've already completed, you might only need a few certificate courses to bring you up to speed. Otherwise, you'll need to complete a bachelor's degree or higher in some aspect of business administration or information technology in order to convince most employers that you have the skills and training required to become an effective project manager. A bachelor's degree in project management will impress many employers, but a master's of business administration will take you even farther. In the technology world, bachelor's or master's training in computer science, database administration, or some related field should also suffice.
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