Best Entry Level Roles to Get You into Project Management

Adriana Girdler

Looking to get into project management? Here are the roles you should be looking for Project management is a great career path, but it can …

Looking to get into project management? Here are the roles you should be looking for

Project management is a great career path, but it can sometimes be tricky to break into… Especially if you don’t know which entry level positions to look out for.

If you’re trying to get your foot in the door as a project manager, there are certain entry-level positions that are great steppingstones to help you get there!

1. Project Assistant

If you’re already working in an organization, becoming a project assistant is the perfect role to start your project management career path.

A project assistant helps the project manager with tasks like scheduling meetings, taking meeting notes, updating schedules, and any other administrative work that can be easily handed off to them.

This role is a great steppingstone into project management because it will really give you an idea as to what project management is all about.

2. Entry Level Risk Analyst

Project managers need to be highly aware of risks so that they can nip them in the bud before those risks derail their project. As a result, becoming a risk analyst will give you excellent experience to build on as you move towards becoming a project manager.

The risk analyst role doesn’t always correlate directly to a project team, however it will give you good insight into how projects start.

Projects typically start with business analysts and senior management. Business analysts and risk analysts will look at the strategy and potential projects, and they put the justification forward as to whether the company should do certain projects or not.

Why is this a great role to get into at a junior level?

You’re going to see the logic and reasoning behind projects, and because you’re so closely tied to that project justification, you can then easily step into a project management role.

How to get these jobs + MORE entry level role ideas

I have 4 more entry level roles that I want to break down for you, as well as how you can actually get these roles.

If you’re looking to break into project management, head over to YouTube with me and we’ll chat about those entry-level jobs that will get you steps closer to achieving your biggest career goals.

And if you want to make sure you really succeed once you land your project manager role, make sure you check out my SLAY Project Management course where I give you all the templates, tips, and techniques to implement to make every project successful.

Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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