Project Managers Taking a Career Break

I’m thinking about taking a career break from project management to write a novel but I want to come back and carry on with my project management career, any advice to consider making sure I’m not harming my career? This was a question I was asked a few months back from a project practitioner. Personally I think it’s a good move to take time out of your career – people do it all the time – what do they say? “A change is as good as a rest”. Of course the break will be good for you personally, a new ...

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Would You Share Your Personality Test Results?

There was an interesting application into Arras People the other day by a job seeker. Alongside the CV as an attachment were the results to a personality test the person had taken. Would you share the results when making a job application? Here at Arras we had a chat about that over our usual Friday morning powwow (we have breakfast together and chat about all sorts of things, sometimes the plotline of the latest Netflix boxset but more usually what’s going on in the project management and recruitment world) and we got the conclusion that no, we wouldn’t use this ...

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Three Questions Recruiters Ask and What They Mean?

Following a project management careers clinic the other day there were a few questions that came up – and I thought, people must get these questions all the time. It doesn’t matter what job you’re doing, the questions can be asked of anyone. In this article we take a look at the three questions and what answers they’re really looking for – and it’s not about trying to catch you out! 1. Why do you want to leave your current job? I think there is a tendency to think that these types of questions are designed to try to catch ...

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The Five W’s of Project Planning

Project planning activities really benefit from the 5W questions - who, what, why, when, where before getting into the detail of how. Here Ashley Marron from Barvas talks about them and how using a mind mapping tool can also help.

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Arras People Head to Project Challenge

Talk about last-minute! Arras People will be at Project Challenge next week. It takes place next Wednesday and Thursday at London’s Olympia in Kensington. If you’ve not already seen it – or registered, head over to projchallenge.com and see what’s happening. It’s a free event which is designed to get project practitioners away from their desks for a bit and see what’s going on in the wider profession. And there’s a lot going on at the moment – like APM and the chartership; AXELOS and the new PRINCE2 update; a whole boatload of project management tools which seem to be ...

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Top 5 PMO Trends for 2017 You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Heard the saying, “Change has never happened this fast before, and it will never be this slow again”? Project management is right there in the middle of all the changes we’re seeing in organisations today and PMOs have a central role to play. In this article, Patrick Tickle from Planview* gives us the top five trends for any PMO wanting to stay ahead of the game – in this fast paced interconnected world. No matter your industry, change and innovation are the only constants you can count on these days. Yes, technology continues to proliferate and the workforce continues to ...

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Which Project Management Course To Do?

I’m looking at doing a Project Management course to help me re-enter the job market. I’ve taken time out to raise my son and latterly I worked from home. I started and built my own listings website which I ran for 5 years. Prior to that I worked in higher education, managing post-graduate business courses, and public relations where I promoted health and beauty brands. I see a Project Management as a good way of bringing my broad skills together but am unsure of which one to go for. It makes sense when you have minimal experience in formal project ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A – Facing Redundancy? The First Thing to Do

I am potentially facing redundancy and am keen to understand what opportunities are available in Change/Project Management. You can take a look at any job advertising website (indeed.com or monster.com) to get a rough idea of what’s happening – just signing up for alerts and monitoring the numbers of positions each week will give you a good idea of what is happening in the marketplace. You’ll quickly notice that vacancies are effected by seasons and things like national holidays. The most important thing you can be doing today to understand what opportunities are around is to talk to the people ...

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