Project managers are important to the success of projects and therefore business.
It is anticipated that there will be an increase in job opportunities for project managers between now and 2020 and the pay isn’t bad either, with starting salaries of about £20,000 and average earnings of £50,000.
What does a project manager do?
Project managers plan, manage, track and ensure delivery of project outcomes within a budget.
What skills does a project manager need to have?
As a project manager you need to:
- Set objectives and deadlines
- Outline the scope, timings and budget of projects
- Select and lead a project team
- Monitor progress and expenditure
- Manage risks
- Report to clients
You therefore need great organisational and interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate and negotiate and a cool head to work under pressure.
Project management roles can take you all over the world to work, carry a lot of responsibility and can be very rewarding as a career and also financially.
How do I train to be a project manager?
There are a variety of educational routes into a career as a project manager, from vocational qualifications, which are available as full time college courses at from Level one, right up to HNCs (higher national certificates) and HNDs (higher national diplomas), vocational apprenticeships in project management level 4 (higher), and of course A-levels and full honours degrees.
Project Manager Apprenticeship
On a project management higher apprenticeship you can train in roles like
- project manager
- project co-ordinator
- project executive
- project support officer
Other project management qualifications
The most common qualification asked for in advertisements for project manager roles is the PRINCE2 qualification, so it’s well worth checking this out.