Project Management is certainly a rewarding career choice but an odd one. Actually, I have not come across many who want to do projects and retire as a project manager . I haven’t seen many choose project manager as a career because they like project management or want to do the whole life. But, yes it still remains a popular career choice for many during the course of their professional journey.
Project Manager as a career is seen by many as a catalyst to grow into higher positions and management roles. Not many choose as an actual career choice. There might be many reasons as I think about it now:
- Project Management is not considered a separate discipline in many organizations
- Maybe it is inherent to the country where I reside or maybe it is global phenomenon.
- Project Manager has little or no authority in most of the organizations
- Project Manager is seen as Coordinating function than the game-changer one.
How many of you will say that what I know is only Project Management? Do companies hire only good project managers and that’s the only skill they look out for. Sure, there are a handful but cannot spot many. One of my recent clients in Middle East was very particular that they only want great project managers and that’s the only skill they would like to have on the table. No technical skills or no other add on skills. They have noticed how a good project manager can actually save costs and the mental stress.
How many organizations have a career path for the project managers till one retires? Does it make sense? There are a lot of educational degrees coming in the market on project management – so sure, organizations need it but they have not yet fully embraced it.
I am raising a lot of pertinent questions. But the question is “it really good career choice”. I will try as I can to be objective to answer this question.
Industries today are grown from the “Sunrise” phase to a more “Matured” where the objective is to give more bucks for the same money. Where doing the job efficiently and in the right way without mistakes will be valued more in the coming years.
Furthermore, today’s leaders of various organizations know the bitter truth that working a miracle is God of small things and therefore, understand the implications of best practices and strategy.
Thirdly, in this part of the world, the economy is actually growing relatively better and there is a kind of euphoria with respect to new things, be it entrepreneurship or infrastructure. Just to quote the PMI statistics of PMI Talent magazine, there would be 15.4 million jobs in project management created by 2020 in India and China alone.
Project Management is at cusp of “Demand” and “Maturity” – a rare combination which will blossom in years to come.
Now only if organizations start recognizing this as a separate discipline and practitioners & aspirants treat project management as a passion, things are going to be great for this field. It will be not only a rewarding career choice but a purposeful one for your lifetime.
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