What to Expect from a Project Management Career

Adriana Girdler

Wondering about the pros and cons of a PM career? This is what you need to know Have you been contemplating a career in Project …

Wondering about the pros and cons of a PM career? This is what you need to know

Have you been contemplating a career in Project Management but not sure if it’s the right choice for you?

Project management is a challenging career, but it’s also quite rewarding. So, if you’re thinking about diving into a project management career, you’ll need to know a little about what you can expect.

Every Day is Different

Every project is unique and every day will look different as a project manager.

This might be good news for you if you really like variety. With each new project, you’ll come across new challenges. On every project, you’ll have a new team and work with new people. Having such a variety of experiences means that you’ll learn a lot along the way.

Over the course of your project management career, you’ll take on many different roles. You’ll be a coach, mentor, cat herder, and team builder at different times, depending on the needs of your team.

Professional Growth

Not all jobs have a clear career path, but project management careers tend to have a straight-line trajectory from starting at an entry level and working your way up as you become more experienced.

There are many different project job titles from entry to executive as you move forward with your career. You might start your path out as a project coordinator and then an assistant project manager, project manager, senior project manager, and you may even end up in a director or VP position.

It really depends on your career goals, but overall, there is a lot you can do with project management!

More About Project Management Careers

There are a few more points you should know about project management careers if you’re thinking about jumping into one. Head over to YouTube with me and watch the video I just made explaining everything you need to know!

And if you’re really set on having a successful project management career, make sure you check out my SLAY Project Management course where I give you all the templates, tips, and techniques to implement if you want a 100% project success rate going forward.


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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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