5 Reasons Why I Chose a Career in Project Management
My entire life, I've enjoyed leading a group of people toward a common goal. I'd be the first to volunteer to work out that long division problem on the chalkboard. I'd happily break down and divvy out the remaining tasks to my team in order to complete that book report. I was (and still am for that matter) constantly making lists and crossing off completed activities. Looking back, I'm surprised I didn't try to major in Project Management in college! Do you share a similar history? Have you considered a career in Project Management? If so, read on to hear why I chose a career in Project Management.
1. Project Management is challenging.
Project Management is definitely not for the faint of heart. You have to get people who you have no authority over to do what you need them to do. You have to figure out what motivates each individual team member while continuing to support the team. Project Management is a whole lot more than just crossing items off a list. Not only do you need to move through the various stages of team development, you also need to learn what makes your stakeholders tick and determine the optimal ways to communicate progress.
2. It's perfect for people who consider themselves detail-oriented, but like to see the big picture.
I can be more effective at my job if I understand the nuances of a project, but can also see how the decisions we make can impact all functional areas. I particularly like this aspect of Project Management because I've always been interested in understanding the big picture and never wanted to tie myself to one functional area. At the same time, my ability to see details can help the team produce a higher quality result.
3. Project Management is a creative outlet.
Every project needs to be managed differently depending on the unique circumstances. As the Project Manager, you get to help determine the best path forward including what tools and techniques should be utilized or the medium and format in which progress should be communicated. Project Managers need to continue ask themselves and the teams:
- What is going well?
- What is not going well?
- What can we do better?
The answers to these questions shape the approaches that the Project Manager will take in the next steps. You must be creative to be as effective as possible.
4. It allows you to set yourself up for future success.
Whether everyone realizes it or not, Project Management is present in every single job. You need to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close your tasks no matter the scale. You often need to work with others who do not report to you and maintain effective communication with all stakeholders. The skills you gain in Project Management will continue to reap benefits no matter where you decide to take your career.
5. You get to be successful when others are successful.
It is literally my job to help others be successful. How cool is that!? It is so satisfying to know that with your support as the Project Manager, the team will move more seamlessly toward accomplishing the goal. You allow each team member to focus on what they do best while you remove obstacles, plan next steps, and communicate progress.
Do you have any other questions on being a Project Manager? OR if you already are a Project Manager, what would you add to this list? Comment below!