How to start a career in Project Management

Introduction 

Before we address this topic, let’s toggle with some of the abbreviations around the professional world since time immemorial. KSA, KRA & KPI. KSA is a short form of knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is a set of qualifications and personal attributes desired from an individual for a particular job position or portfolio. Hiring managers and hiring agencies closely dissect a candidate’s personality to know him better and form a serious decision to consider the candidate for the job. 

The Hiring trends

They want to confirm that the professional is factual, procedural, and has adequate applied performance to handle the stress and manage the job portfolio skilfully. With skills, they aren’t 4 mental manipulations of data and measure competence is regarding the quality of performance within a threshold time limit. As far as abilities are concerned, hiring managers observe evidence-based activities or behaviours present in their potential candidate to perform the job. 

Only after this scrutinization a hiring manager or a hiring agency finds its potential candidate. After this, they introduce the hired candidate with the key result areas and key performance indicators. 

But this common notion of hiring quality candidates seems to be on the next level when managers and employers hunt for a project manager. The employers want a manager who can manage the project’s budget, outmost safety of the project, cohesive coordination among the peers, and improving productivity both team-wise and organizational wise. 

This article is exclusively written for all the aspiring project managers who are either budding from their college or are a part of a project management team. This article will discuss the exact steps in terms of certification or continuing education you need to carry out when you’re aiming to become a project manager. 

The baby steps. 

To start with your project management career, you need to discover your potentials and zeal to learn and earn more as we all know that project management please a hefty salary to all its professionals. A project manager with a decent amount of experience, let’s say seven years or more, can earn more than the median of $95,000 per annum. 

To be a part of the project management team, you have to start with entry-level positions like project coordinator, project administrator, or project coordinator trainee. With this entry-level management trainee position, you can make around $45,000 per annum. To become a project manager, you need to earn experience working with the team and further leading a team. During your entry-level in your in small companies or mid or large companies, you will learn the nooks and crannies of duties and responsibilities involved in project management. 

The Implementation Manager 

The next thing you would target is to become an implementation manager. An implementation manager coordinates project plans, prioritizes tasks I want, supports teams in identifying and troubleshooting technical problems, and develops implementation absolution in operational processes. As an implementation manager, you learn about contract negotiation by ensuring successful change management within the organization. You. You assist clients and cross-functional teams with implementing new hardware or software: this hard-earned specialization houses and implements software, finance products, solutions or services, and project environment. 

The Project Manager 

As per the Hiring and promotion trends, toiling around for three to four years in these entry-level and intermediate-level job profiles in project management, you become eligible to work as a project manager. Now at this stage, you need a solid backing that will validate your skills as a project manager and shine you in the crowd. At this stage, employers look into your knowledge base, call my expertise, awareness, and fluency with the best practices involved in the project management industry. 

The best way to showcase all the above skills in your credential is by doing a certification. This certification should be of advanced level, globally recognized, and challenging. 

The PMP certification 

This advanced-level certification is globally recognized and admired by project management organizations, hiring managers, and employers. This certification is a badge; there proves your efficiency and proactiveness to work as a project manager. Clearing the certification is quite challenging, and most aspirants failed to clear it at the first chance. 

The certification examination contains 200 multiple choice questions, scenario-based, and calculation competency-based questions. You get only four hours to answer this examination. The PMI has maintained the air of mystery since it started conferring certification credentials. To pass the certification, you have to secure 70% in the examination. This percentile score is not a standard set by PMI; rather, it is a more perceived and accepted score by experts in the industry. 

To conclude, you as an aspirant should know that PMP certification is a gateway to your day’s dream job. 

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