CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Project Management Career Paths Copyright 2014

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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Project Management Career Paths Copyright © 2014 Mc. Graw-Hill Education. All Rights

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Project Management Career Paths Copyright © 2014 Mc. Graw-Hill Education. All Rights Reserved. Power. Point Presentation by Charlie Cook

Where We Are Now 18– 2

Where We Are Now 18– 2

Project Management Career Issues Career Paths Temporary Assignments Pursuing a Career Professional Training and

Project Management Career Issues Career Paths Temporary Assignments Pursuing a Career Professional Training and Certification Gaining Visibility Mentors Success in Key Projects 18– 3

Career Paths • There is no set career path for becoming a project manager.

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. 18– 4

Temporary Assignments • Project management assignments tend to be temporary. • Permanent job tenure

Temporary Assignments • Project 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– 5

Pursuing a Career • Find out what specific project job opportunities exist in your

Pursuing a Career • Find 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– 6

Professional Training and Certification • Training Resources: – – – On-the-job training In-house training

Professional Training and Certification • Training Resources: – – – On-the-job training In-house training programs Professional workshops University degree programs Professional organization membership 18– 7

PMI Certification Requirements CAPM PMP Full Name: Certified Associate in Project Management Professional Project

PMI Certification Requirements CAPM PMP Full Name: Certified Associate in Project Management Professional Project Role: Contributes to project team Leads and directs project teams Eligibility Requirements: High school diploma/global equivalent AND 1, 500 hours experience OR 23 hours pm education High school diploma/global equivalent 5 years project management experience 35 hours project management education OR Bachelor’s degree/global equivalent 3 years project management experience 35 hours project management education Exam Information: 3 hours; 150 multiple-choice questions 4 hours; 200 multiple choice questions TABLE 18. 1 18– 8

Gaining Visibility • Get actively involved in local community opportunities to manage projects. •

Gaining Visibility • Get 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– 9

Mentors • Mentors are typically superiors who take a special interest in you and

Mentors • Mentors 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– 10

Success in Key Projects • Pick projects more for the quality of the people

Success in Key Projects • Pick 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– 11

Key Terms CAPM Mentor PMP 18– 12

Key Terms CAPM Mentor PMP 18– 12