The question: How do I get into project management?
I am a software developer in a small software house. I have a Prince2 qualification and I manage and work as a team member on my projects. I wish to move to a fully fledged project management role, preferably in a big company. Where do I go from here?
The solution: Press for experience to back qualification
You have a project management qualification that is in huge demand, so the right job is out there. On the other hand, you may lack experience, so you need to build up your management skills to secure that new role.
Talk to your employers so that they understand your aspiration to be a project manager. Ask to work on a variety of projects and put yourself forward to lead them.
Once you have spoken to your boss, if the outcome is that you need more training, I would recommend a couple of further courses to elevate your management skills.
Comptia's Project+ will give you the confidence required to manage a team as it trains professionals in basic business systems and procedures, and the Project Management Institute's PMP course is a globally recognised qualification that is highly respected by senior professionals.
Either of these courses would build up skills that could be applied across a range of business sectors.
Both are available as accelerated courses of five to seven days, which means that you do not have to invest months to reach the desired level to take you on to your next job.
Solution by Robert Chapman, chief executive and co-founder of The Training Camp
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This was first published in May 2007