Entry Level Roles in Project Management

A friend of mine wants to pursue a career in project management. What are some of the entry level roles they could take a look at? You’ll know from your own experiences in project management that there are positions which support the activities of project managers, program managers etc. Collectively these are often referred to as PMO. The roles tend to be called Project Administrator, Co-ordinator or Support. These roles require an understanding of the project lifecycle and the hands on work focuses on areas like producing reports, updating items in registers and logs, setting up meetings and generally supporting ...

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Moving Project Management Jobs – Making the Right Decision

I’m thinking about leaving my current project manager position. Having been here for over a decade, I think it’s time to move on. How do I know if I’m making the right decision? It’s the million dollar question isn’t it? You can never know if it is absolutely the right decision but there are a number of ways you can make sure that you’ve thought about everything you need to in order to minimise the risk of making a mistake. I guess that’s one of the good things about being a project manager. You can look at the practical and ...

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The PMO Career Path

I’ve been working in a project management office for a few years now and I’m not sure where my career is going. Do you have any advice about a career path in this area? There are two different options for people working in a project management office (PMO), either stay within the PMO field, of which there are different levels and specialisms to look at, or think about moving your career into a delivery role, like a project manager. If the latter appeals, there is a lot of information and advice already available about becoming a project manager because it ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Finding a Mentor

I think I need a mentor to help me progress in my role as a project manager, do you have any advice on what steps I should be taking to find the right person? There are three main factors involved when looking for a mentor. First of all, you need to think about what exactly you are looking to get out of the mentoring relationship. What kind of relationship do you need, is it career advancement or more day-to-day support and advice? Think about the key areas of the job that you are looking to improve on and what you ...

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Project Management Presentations at Interviews

I’ve been asked to prepare a presentation on an aspect of project management for an interview. Could you provide some advice and tips on how I can do this successfully? There are two approaches you need to take depending on the amount of preparation time you have been given. If you have been given the instructions in the days before the interview, great you have time to do more detailed planning. If you won’t be given the topic area until you are actually at the interview you can still do some preparation beforehand, just not the thinking around the topic ...

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The Project Management CV – Keyword Bingo

I think most of us have probably played the game ‘buzzword bingo’ or its more well-known potty mouthed named version (thanks wiki for giving me a polite option). You know the one, make a list of all the latest buzzwords and the next time you’re in a meeting, just keep ticking them off as they get announced. Anyhow, it got me thinking about how we can help project practitioners write a better CV and no, it’s not about littering a CV with the latest buzzwords! So what is keyword bingo in relation to a project management CV? It’s simple really. ...

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I’m a Project Manager, I’ve done a PRINCE2 course – what next?

At SPOCE, people are often saying to us, “I’m a Project Manager, I’ve done a PRINCE2 course – what could I do next?” The answer, of course depends on a number of factors, for example: Would you like to broaden your project management knowledge? If this is the case, we may suggest something like APMP – based on the Association for Project Management‘s body of knowledge What sort of projects do you get involved in? Depending on this, we may suggest Agile PM as an approach. Do you work in a programme environment? In this case, the individual may have ...

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The APM – Bad for your Wealth!

Some of you may have noticed that the APM (The Association for Project Management) have recently released a new report in which they have collated the findings from their “study of over 2,700 APM members and non-members … the largest stakeholder engagement exercise ever conducted by APM”. As you could probably imagine the team here at Arras People couldn’t wait to get our hands on the Salary and Market Trends Survey 2015 report to see what the APM had turned up. We wanted to see the quality of their research and how it stacked up against the 10 years of ...

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