A Project Manager (PM) can work across a wide range of industries. Over 71% of large global organisations have a project management office so the career opportunities are vast and this is a position that will continue to grow in importance as businesses develop and diversify. It is estimated that over the next decade demand for a qualified project manager will grow faster than that of other business professionals. In fact, according to Anderson Economic Group (AEG), by 2027 the need for project management oriented professionals will increase by 33%.
All projects will typically follow the same path. The trajectory of all projects can be divided into four main phases: initiation, planning, implementation, and closure. These four phases are typically referred to as the project life cycle. PMs can work across a huge variety of projects. They will be responsible for planning and organising projects from beginning to end. They will manage projects end to end to ensure that projects are delivered on time, to spec, and on budget. Given the complexity of projects, PMs will work across different levels, departments and functions. They essentially will organise and direct the process flow to ensure that various projects will be delivered on company goals and objectives.
A strong project manager will need to be confident in their expertise, able to manage stress, and have the ability to manage multiple stakeholders. The necessity of consistent communication will mean that you will need to take meticulous notes and to consistently follow up with collaborators throughout the project.
To become a project manager, many roles will require PRINCE II qualification. Project management roles are generally well paid and as with most jobs, your salary will increase as your experience grows. Most senior project managers can expect to earn up to €90,000.