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How Long Does It Take to Get a Job After Taking PRINCE2?

This was a question I got asked the other day on the phone.

Someone wanting to get into project management had done the obligatory PRINCE2 Foundation course and was raring to go but unfortunately no-one seems to be biting.

What’s wrong with organisations that don’t seem to want newly qualified Project Managers like this anywhere near their projects?

OK I’m being a little tongue-in-cheek. Only because really I alternate between exasperation and anger really.

Putting my feelings aside for a moment, and answering the genuine question posed by someone.

How long does it take?

There is no set time. There are no guarantees at all. Doing PRINCE2 and getting a job as a Project Manager, when you have no prior experience, there is no correlation or link at all.

Doing PRINCE2 does not lead to a project management job.

DOING PRINCE2 DOES NOT LEAD TO A PROJECT MANAGEMENT JOB

I feel like I’ve been saying this every day for years. I have a feeling I’ll be saying it for a long time to come.

So if you’re reading this, having recently done your PRINCE2 and wondering where all the job offers are. Have a read at some of the stuff we’ve been writing about for years about what you can do AFTER you have done PRINCE2 that could increase your chances of gaining employment in the project management industry.

Be warned.

Some of these activities take time. Some of them require hard work. Sometimes it comes down to luck.

What all these activities are about is showing you that you’re going to have to do more – much more – than spend a few hundred pounds on a PRINCE2 training course if you want to work in project management.

So if you’re reading this because you’re contemplating doing the PRINCE2 course because you want to pursue a role in project management, hopefully you’ll realise that PRINCE2 is actually one of the last things you want to be doing.

In some cases, you don’t even need to do a training course at all. You probably weren’t expecting that but the reality shows that many people working in project management today didn’t start off with a training course.

So what did they do?

Check out the resources, become educated and informed about project management. Do your research, talk to a lot of different types of people in project management and get their views and advice. Talk to us about it, we’re agnostic about this, no courses to sell. Check out the project management careers clinics.

Here’s a list of resources to get you started:

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About Lindsay Scott

Lindsay Scott
Director of Arras People, the programme and project management recruitment specialists. You can find out more about Arras People and follow me on Twitter and Google I also write the careers column for PMI's Network magazine and other project management organisations too. Recently created the first PMO Conference and currently running the PMO Flashmob

3 comments

  1. Very good point! I saw this as a headline on LinkedIn and was intrigued to see what you would say. Couldn’t agree more. PRINCE2 helps you think about project management, but it’s a tool nothing more.

  2. Hi Lindsay

    Great post (probably therapeutic for you too – sounds like you’d have a few stories! ;-). It’s much the same as having a business degree doesn’t make you qualified to run a business without some level of practical experience.

    What used to get me is someone from a non-project background doing one of the “PRINCE2 Practitioner in a week” crash courses and then expecting to walk into a PM role. It’s no different from any other career path – you have to put in the time and get relevant experience before being handed a project to run.

    Thanks for sharing

    Aidan

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