6 Steps to Become a Project manager
What is a project manager?
Project managers plan, manage teams, keep projects on schedule and within budget, and ultimately, they are responsible for the success or failure of a project.
It sounds pretty cool, right?!
It is possible, but it takes work. This article will help you to improve your skills and build your resume so that you can get hired as a project manager.
Are you looking for ways to become a better project manager. This video will show you how to improve your skills.
1. How to become project manager: Getting started
If you believe you would like to be a project manager, it is likely that you have strong organizational skills as well as natural leadership abilities.
If you answered yes, you are already on the right track. You can think of your career as a project and use your skills to get the job done. If you’re just starting out, great!
These first steps are applicable to all careers, but I’ll briefly go over them anyway: Work hard to get good grades at school, eat well, exercise regularly, avoid trouble, and don’t post anything on social media that could backfire on you when you’re looking for a job.
2. Learn informal “project management” skills
You can’t open a project management stand or offer to manage projects on Craigslist to become a project manager. Project management is what makes you a project manager. You can also find projects anywhere.
Everyday, projects happen in the wild. So do what you love and be prepared to use your organizational and leadership skills whenever the situation arises.
Join your R.O.T.C. if you are interested in military service. Veterans make great project managers. If you are a veteran with a different career, your military experience could be all you need to make the transition into a job as a project manager. Join a club for video game developers if you are interested in designing video games. Did you know that many videogames teach basic project management skills?
This will allow you to become a project manager and work in a field you love.
3. Develop your people skills
The project manager was never able to complete a successful project while sitting at a computer, creating Gantt charts or studying the Cynefin framework.
Ok, so maybe some projects were “good enough” even with an indifferent PM. But that was only because someone else took over and handled all the interpersonal aspects that make a project run. That person was probably promoted to the top over the antisocial PM.
The point is that projects are made up people. Project managers must spend as much time communicating with their people, coaching them, and knowing them as they do on the technical side.
4. Learn how to use tools from the project management trade
Although soft skills are important and may be enough to land your first project manager position, technical skills will come in handy eventually.
Do not be afraid if this sounds complicated. Project management software is designed for project managers and their teams to help with things such as collaboration, budgeting and scheduling. Microsoft Project, Atlassian and Basecamp are just a few of the most popular tools.
Although it may seem daunting to learn how to use new software, this is 2017. Most project management software is easy to use and comes with plenty of support. There are many online resources. Check out these Microsoft Project courses.
According to a Capterra study, “organizations complete their projects on-time, on budget, and with better quality when implemented.”