Project Management Careers Q&A: Branching Projects

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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 …

Mind Mapping for Project Managers

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It’s likely that most of us have heard the phrase “poor planning = poor performance” or “fail to plan – plan to fail” and other variations on the same theme. What it all boils down to is that the success of any plan, process, initiative or project is usually determined by the quality of the …

2 Weeks of Free IT Project Management Learning

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From the 10th November to the 21st, there is a telesummit you might be interested in if you’re managing IT and software development projects. Aimed at senior managers, the two-week telesummit will deliver great speakers into your in-box each day. It’s being run by Michael Smith who runs his own programming based business in the …

Project Management Contracting – Business Taxes

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Anyone entering into project management contracting and starting a new business has many issues to deal with, not least of all understanding the UK Tax system. As a Project Manager, you will have agreed your plan of work with your client and started your new contract. You will be straight into a new project, with …

We are all project managers now – newsletter out today

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If you’d like to see how these images are connected to project management, take a look at the storyboard newsletter out today We’ve taken our presentation from Project Challenge last week and recreated it in this month’s newsletter. We hope it simulates some thoughts so why not revisit this blog page after you’ve read it …

One Page Project Management CV?

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I love it when job seekers try something different with their data. CVs or resumes certainly have their place and as much as people hating having to write them I can’t see them ever being replaced (I’d love to eat my own words though!) Last week at Project Challenge, a visitor to the stand shared …

What does a Limited Company Director do?

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We carry on our series of articles aimed at project management contractors and freelancers. If you are new to Project Management or as just setting out as an individual entity, there are many business options to consider. Please read Project Manager? Are you thinking about contracting? For further explanation of some options available to you. …

What project managers are concerned with right now

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This week was Project Challenge in London and if you didn’t make it – shame! you missed out on a good event. We’ve been doing these events for a while now and I think its fair to say the last few years have been somewhat slow. We can probably attribute this to the recession and …

Q&A Project Management Careers: First Project

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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 …

Setting up as a Project Manager with a Limited Company

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As a Project Manager, you may decide that you want to start your own business – becoming a contractor or freelancer. One of the options available to you is to set up a private Limited Company. There is a lot of advice available online, but here is a précis of what you need to know …

PMI PMP gives the greatest return on a project manager’s career

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The project management training marketplace in the UK is a confusing place. With four main options and countless bespoke courses, choosing an accreditation which is really beneficial to your career is a difficult choice to make. In the latest project management report from Arras People, The Project Management Training Report gives some new insights to …

Freelance Project Managers – Are you claiming the correct expenses?

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Tax laws and the tax system can be complicated and many people have found themselves falling fowl of HMRC (Her Majestys Revenue and Customs). It is essential that you are confident in your accountancy provision, whether through an umbrella company, a qualified accountant or completing the task yourself. The benefit of using a professional service, …

We are all project managers now?

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Next week it’s Project Challenge, the seminar and expo show which is a great place to network and catch up with what’s happening in the industry. Arras People will be there for two days – 14th and 15th October, chatting to visitors about all things project management careers and recruitment. We are also giving a …