How to become a Project Manager? There are different ways to get the role. In this video, I talk about the most common and plausible ways to become a PM.
No one solution will fit all industries. But I think you will be able to relate these suggestions to your case.
The most straightforward path is when you already work in a project environment. And you build up your career along the project hierarchy. First as a Group Lead, then Team Lead and then a Project Manager. There might be different steps in between. But you got the point.
You just need to ensure that your company is interested in such vertical promotions and it is a common practice there. Otherwise, your growth will happen when you change your job.
The key idea here is that you need to communicate your desire to become a project manager proactively. You need to talk to your superiors so that they do look for opportunities for you.
Another path is when you have an education or a degree in Project Management. In this case, you just need to look for companies that recruit junior PMs.
But what can you do when you have none of the above? For example, you decided to switch profession, or you want to jump-start your career as a PM. For sure, you don’t have experience or background.
So, you need to build up your resume with equivalent experience. Projects are everywhere. You can help non-profits, you can volunteer for some social activities, there are a lot of opportunities during your education in college or university.
You need to prove that you are capable of taking on responsibility, organize and lead people, and you can make things happen. Don’t focus on activities, highlight achievements in your CV.
You can also get some entry-level certification on project management, that will put you in a better position compared with your competition.
I don’t say it will be easy. But Project Management is not a walk in a park either.
That’s all I have, if you want me to answer your question, please put it in the comments below. And do not forget to like this video. See you soon.