Are you planning to start a career in project management? Or, wondering if a project manager job suits you well?
You may have heard many people say that they’re working as a project manager or have seen online job offers in project management. Have you ever wondered what the role of a Project Manager? A project manager is responsible to handle the projects in planning, execution, monitoring, and completion. That's why project managers are always in great demand and have highly rewarding careers.
A PMP is an ideal certification for experienced project managers for further adding real value to their CVs. Let us touch on few points on project management in general here
Project management is one of the most rapidly growing professions in the world now.
Project management is a niche where an outlook for extraordinarily skilled project professionals is found. In every industry, project management professionals are in high demand due to the large scale of requirements and the complexity of projects undertaken in various industries.
According to the project management trends report in 2019“Due to the advanced technology and expanding global market, project management professional roles will reach 15.7 million between 2010 and 2020”.
Many large-scale industries offer opportunities in project management. If you are working as a Project Manager with any of the industries and have the most demanding skills, you can probably shift to other industries if you find suitable opportunities matching your personal preferences.
Some of the industries that offer opportunities to project managers are listed below:
- Real estate development
- Software development
Decent Pay and Salary Potentials
Getting a job that has high earning potential is the dream of every job aspirant. Similar to any other jobs requiring hard work and experience, project managing job also offers you high income. The salary is comparatively high but it may vary from company to company. A professional, who is ready to take responsibility for project handling gets more salary. While getting a PMP certification gives you more demand in the industry and offers a good salary.
Bring out Leadership Skills
Are you good at communication, motivation, and delegation? Then you can be a good leader too. As a project manager, you have to bring your team together from starting to end. Find out the strength and weakness of your team members, make them challenge themself in projects and encourage them too.
As a leader, you are responsible for analyzing business needs and making the correct decision. Having strong analytical skills and leadership qualities can help you to be efficient and improve the productivity of your team.
Learn to Take Up Challenges
Project managers are the leaders of the team and get to work with lots of different projects. If you are enjoying a variety of challenges, then you’re fit for this job. Each project is different with different challenges. It may require you to focus on budgeting, scheduling, finding resources and overseeing employees.
Your creativity and keen attention to the small details have a great impact on the overall project results. Every small experience will only help you in your further career.
Get better at problem-solving
Do you like to take a problem and resolve it in a creative way?
Effective problem solving is actually an important element in your project management. As a project manager, you will be given problems and need to figure out creative solutions. The 5 steps to display your problem-solving ability is to:
- Define the Problem
- Determine the Causes
- Generate Ideas
- Select the Best Solution
- Take Action
How you relate and interact with people, your personal touch, and how you build relationships—have a major impact on the outcome of your projects.
Continue to Learn and Grow
Continuous learning is important to your growth in this evolving industry. You have to learn more for a better future, and also develop special knowledge about other industries. This will help you to make a shift from one industry to another possible. Now you are working in a particular industry but you want to specialize in any other industry or a particular type of project management, then you can.
As I mentioned earlier, getting formal PMP training in Dubai can be a huge asset to your project management profession. This certification will add up to your CV and can help bring a transition from the current level to a new higher level.
Muhamad Thasveer Arafath is an engineer with a post-graduation MBA who possesses 20+ years of industry work experience in Project Management. To name a few of his area expertise, he has worked in various multi-million construction/development projects and programs in the UAE concerning project planning, project controls, project advisory/valuations, as a project lead, etc.
Muhamad is currently a project management consultant and trainer specializing in Project Management Institute (PMI) certifications. He has now completed training for 65+ batches for various PMI certifications, holding an excellent passing rate among his training participants.
He holds eight certifications from PMI and is an Award winner from the PMI UAE Chapter in 2019/2020 for being the member with the highest number of PMI certifications in UAE. He is certified from PMI in PfMP, PgMP, PMP, RMP, SP, SP, PBA and CAPM. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Valuers (FIIV).