What Are the Steps in a Project Management Career Path?

Adriana Girdler

How people commonly progress through their project management career (so you can, too!) Are you wondering what a project management career path might look like? …

How people commonly progress through their project management career (so you can, too!)

Are you wondering what a project management career path might look like?

There are a couple common ways people become project managers, and some common roles that they find themselves in throughout their careers.

Becoming a Project Manager

Generally, there are two ways of becoming a project manager.

THE FIRST WAY is that you fall into the role, based on your professional career choice. This is probably the most common way that people becoming project managers.

For example, engineers constantly do projects. This is because they usually have initiatives with a specific start and end date, which is exactly what a project is. As a result, that professional role lends itself to project management.

Another example is a marketer, they create a lot of new ideas and organize product launches which naturally unfolds as a project due to their initiatives having a specific start and end date.

That being said, it’s incredibly important for organizations to teach individuals how to do project management. Although people might fall into project management roles, this doesn’t mean that they are automatically amazing project managers. There are still skills and techniques that need to be integrated into what they do.

THE SECOND WAY is to plan to become a project manager. You can go and get certification courses from post-secondary institutions, online courses, or even getting the PMP designation. Many people decide to go this route.

Whichever way you go, getting actual project experience is critical to becoming a good project manager.

More About the Project Management Career Path

If you’re considering going into project management, there are some other important things you’ll want to note about the project management career path so that you can decide what roles are best for you.

I’ve created a video that goes into depth on all of that, so make sure you head over to YouTube with me to check it out.

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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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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