Starting a Project Management Career with NO Experience

Adriana Girdler

If you’re struggling to find a project management job, this will help One question I get a lot in my community is “How do you …

If you’re struggling to find a project management job, this will help

One question I get a lot in my community is “How do you start a project management career with no experience?”

People often tell me they’re struggling to get a project management job because they have too much education and no experience, or they’re lacking in experience AND education. This is a classic problem that many aspiring project managers run into.

If this sounds anything like you, here are a few tips for kicking off your project management career.

1. Think outside the box

You have no experience… Or so you think. But I can almost guarantee that if you really think about it, you’ll realize that you actually DO have some project experience but you just don’t know it.

When you’re in an interview or creating your resume, you need to pull out scenarios about projects you have been a part of.

If you were in school, you likely did group work or group projects. Think about those experiences and relate that to project management. Although it’s not an “official project” where you had an official project title and role, it’s still relevant experience because you were ultimately playing your part to accomplish some kind of project successfully.

2. Start right where you are

If you’re already working in an organization and looking to get into project management, stay right where you are and get some experience there.

Every organization has projects and initiatives. Even if they don’t call it a project, anything with a start date, end date, and a deliverable is a project.

Get involved with projects right where you are because ANY project experience is project experience you can put on your resume. Don’t think that getting an official project management job is the be-all and end-all… Get experience right where you are first!

More tips for starting your project management career with no experience

I have several more tips I want you to hear that will help you start your project management career. Head over to YouTube with me and we’ll keep chatting there!

Plus a quick announcement…

You’ve probably heard of my practical project management course, SLAY Project Management. But guess what?! This September, I’m launching SLAY Project Management Pro – a coaching program that will take everything you’ll learn in SLAY to the next level with weekly group coaching calls.

If you’ve been wondering how you can get access to asking me your questions in real-time, sign up for the SLAY Project Management Pro waiting list so that you can snag early bird pricing this summer!

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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