Becoming a Project Manager

By | Jul 5, 2010

While being an Administrative or Executive Assistant is, for many of us, a career goal in itself, many assistants desire to grow into other careers.  One job I’ve personally seen a number of assistants grow into is Project Management.

What Is Project Management

Project Management, in a nutshell, is about planning, organizing and managing the resources of a specific project.  The Project Manager must successfully handle the resources, time, money and scope of a project to meet the outlined goals.

Projects are generally time delimited.  They can run from just a few months to several years.  Project Managers can work as freelancers, for a Project Management company, or managing multiple projects for just one company.

How To Become A Project Manager

While you can become a Project Manager through education, it does help to have some practical experience in the field.  Most Administrative and Executive Assistants will have at least some project management experience.  Most of us have managed smaller projects for our bosses, such as planning and executing events, supervising office moves, and even working on new technology rollouts.  You can take that experience and work towards expanding your Project Management skills.

The blog, pmStudent, has a good article on getting started as a Project Manager.  He talks about how to get experience and education, and provides some links to some great resources.

Are You A Project Manager?

Any Project Managers out there who started out as Assistants?  We’d love to hear your experience and how you went about changing your career.  Leave a comment and tell us your story. Note: If you are reading this by e-mail or in an RSS Reader, you’ll need to click through to the website to leave a comment.

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1 Comment so far
  1. Kim (2 comments) July 7, 2010 10:23 pm

    Jodith,

    Basically, there are plenty of project management tools available online. You can have both options. Selfhosted ones (Like activeCollab, vTiger etc) or hosted ones like BasecapHQ and zoho. They are up-to-date and easy to understand and manage wordforce. Interesting article BTW. Thanks for sharing.

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