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Project Management Career Q&A – Contracting Notice Period

I’m currently in a permanent PM role with a 3 month notice period, and I’m considering contracting. Having never contracted before this would be a significant change but something I believe I can do (and do well). One of the issues I will face is that companies wanting a contract PM won’t be willing to wait 3 months – is there a strategy or approach I should be considering here (other than handing my notice in and hoping for the best!)? If you’re wanting to go out into the open market for contracts then yes, it’s a case of handing ...

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PMO Career Q&A – Unemployment Sucks

What advice would give someone who has good PMO and Junior PM experience but no formal qualifications . Added to that has been out of employment for a couple of years, hit by recession and lack of opportunities in the local area? There are a few things here that need thinking about and for anyone who has been long-term unemployed it’s about breaking those things down and seeing what action can be taken against each of them. There are a few areas in this question that we can look at: You have PMO experience You have junior project management experience ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Working for Free

I’m trying to get into my first project management role, I’m not sure where to start or even if I should consider working for free to get started? Getting your first break in a formal and recognised project management position can be tough; especially so if you are entering the employment market for the first time. Project management as you have probably realised sees experience as king; so how do you gain the experience in the first place? The mistake many people make when looking to get their first break in project management is making the assumption that the first ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Non-Governmental Organisations

I work for a non-governmental organization (NGO) and I’m a member of PMI. Could you point me towards any development resources I could use specifically in this sector? I know just how important good project management is in NGOs and how some elements of project delivery can differ from other sectors. You may already be aware of PMI’s Educational Foundation and the specific resources there for NGOs and other non-profit organizations. Development programs and training like the PMP, which look at both the technical and behavioural sides of project management are also obviously of benefit. There is also a specific ...

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Project Management Career Q&A – Stress!

Something needs to change. I feel overworked, stressed and my work/life balance is non-existent, what do I need to do to start changing this? Work and life are two of the things that many practitioners working in the field of project management struggle to get into a happy balance. With increased pressures to deliver, expectations of doing more with less, project managers are no strangers to feeling overworked and at worse burn out! So, it is good that you recognise that something has to change before you reach a stage where your body and mind might just make the decision ...

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Q&A Project Management Careers: Salary Levels

I’m currently looking for new opportunities in different parts of the world – I have a few countries I’m particularly interested in. How do I find out what salary level I should be aiming for in different countries? The trick is with this is to think like a native. How do you know that your current salary level is right for the country you currently work within? You probably think about the sector you work in; the type of company you work for; the years’ experience you have and what the market may be like at any given moment in ...

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Project Management Careers Q&A: Branching Projects

A friend of mine loves the idea of my job as a project manager and wants to switch careers to become one himself. Any practical advice I can give him to help him? No doubt you shared your own experiences about how you ended up being a project manager, and I’m going to guess that you somehow ended up as a project manager without really planning it at all? This is how it is for a lot of current project managers which doesn’t help those people who are making a concerted effort to get into a project management career. The ...

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Q&A Project Management Careers: First Project

I just got an offer for a Project Lead position and it is going to my first time of handling a multidisciplinary project. What advice can you give to me? I am PMP certified. First, congratulations I hope you will be taking the job because so many project management positions today are multidisciplinary projects and you will be gaining so much experience which can only help you as you progress through your project management career. The key to working in this kind of environment is finding the balance between keeping control of the project and keeping all interested parties on ...

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