Bài giảng Project Management - Chapter eighteen: Project Management Career Paths

Career Paths There is no set career path for becoming a project manager. Advancement generally occurs incrementally. Project management responsibilities expand as you move up the organization’s hierarchy.

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18–2Where We Are Now18–3Career PathsThere is no set career path for becoming a project manager.Advancement generally occurs incrementally.Project management responsibilities expand as you move up the organization’s hierarchy.18–4Temporary AssignmentsProject management assignments tend to be temporary.Permanent job tenure is rarely granted to project managers.A promising career can be derailed by one unsuccessful project.18–5Pursuing a CareerFind out what specific project job opportunities exist in your company. Talk to people in project management positions and find out how they got to where they are and what advice they can give you.Share your aspirations with your immediate superior or someone who can champion you ambitions, make training available, or assign you to PM work.18–6Professional Training and CertificationTraining Resources:On-the-job trainingIn-house training programsProfessional workshopsUniversity degree programsProfessional organization membership18–7Gaining VisibilityGet actively involved in local community opportunities to manage projects.Develop contacts by volunteering for task forces and projects that allow access to higher-ups and other departments.18–8MentorsMentors are typically superiors who take a special interest in you and your career.They require loyalty and superior performance.Take advantage of formal mentoring programs in which experienced project managers are assigned to promising young managers.Attending conferences, trade fairs, and workshops provides good opportunities to “network” and develop social connections that might precipitate project assignments.18–9Success in Key ProjectsPick projects more for the quality of the people working on them than for the scope of the projects.Keep a diary of your observations and review and refine lessons learned.Avoid run-of-the-mill projects or assignments.Seek high-profile projects that have some risks and tangible payoffs.Consider moving to a different company or even a different industry that might provide more project management opportunities.18–10Key TermsCAPMMentorPMP
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