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About Project Management
According to the Project Management Institute, project management is the use of specific knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to deliver something of value to people. The development of software for an improved business process, the construction of a building, the relief effort after a natural disaster, and the expansion of sales into a new geographic market—these are all examples of projects.
What does a Project Manager do?
Think of project managers like orchestra conductors. It may look like they’re just waving their hands, but without these vital leaders at the helm, nothing runs smoothly. Project managers are responsible for designing project plans that their teams will follow to execute work. They keep the team on track and motivated. Projects managers are mainly responsible for the success or failure of a project. Good project managers get the best out of their team members. While project success may be on the manager’s shoulders, they can’t accomplish their goals without the team.
Day-to-day tasks performed by Project Managers
While you have likely heard the phrase “project manager,” you may not be quite sure what the daily routine of these talented professionals looks like. Trust us — you are not alone. Below, we take a closer look at typical project management tasks and examples:
Organize Documents & Create Project Timelines
As you begin to plan a project, you’ll be gathering loads of project information such as: requirements, deliverables, and timeframes from stakeholders. To accomplish this you’ll schedule a meeting with stakeholders to collect information to create a project plan.
Develop Project Plans
Project plans might involve spreadsheets, building gantt charts, diagrams, or process maps to document needs. As a rookie project associate, you’ll assist your manager in developing the project plan for the team to execute.
Coordinate & Support Your Team
You maintain the Asana project platform for your team. It will require you to consistently check-in and see when support is needed or remind team members of outstanding tasks.
Communicate & Align Stakeholders
You’ll be responsible for communicating project plans, updates, and results to stakeholders to ensure alignment and proper execution of the project plan. An example of this is following up weekly with team members to make sure they are meeting key milestones.
Skills you already have that are relevant to a career in Project Management
You can transition from many types of roles into project management. If you start as a project coordinator, you might be promoted to a project manager role. At Pathstream we’ve seen new college graduates, Walmart associates, and stay-at-home parents to transition to roles in project management.
This job will be the right fit for you if you are:
- A problem solver
- A strong communicator
Project Manager salary potential
The salary range for project managers is from $28,000 to $138,000. According to Burning Glass Technologies, the median salary for project managers is: $77K. Project managers also receive up to $12,000 in cash bonuses per year. Project managers with over 5 years of experience earn over $95K on average.
Many factors play a role in the average project management salary such as:
- Industry (find out what industries are hiring project managers!)
Projected demand for Salesforce Admins
Project managers work at the intersection of planning, communication, and management to make sure a team is moving towards the same goal. The need for project managers worldwide is growing rapidly, with the need for new project management employees required to meet global projected talent demands by 2030 hovering around 25 million, according to a 2020 report by the Project Management Institute.
How to become a Project Manager?
Project management requires learning both technical and non-technical skills including the following:
- Planning a project’s scope
- Risk assessment
- Task management
In addition, earning the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification can boost your credibility and allow you to get into project management. This exam is offered outside of the Pathstream course, but passing the exam can be a great way of officially signaling your knowledge to the job market. The Pathstream courses will help prepare you for the exam.
In the Asana Project Management certificate, you’ll learn how to plan and execute projects on schedule on budget, and within scope. Asana is the leading tool to track, manage and connect projects used by companies around the world developed with Asana.
This certificate will help you become a competitive applicant for the over 2.8 million jobs that have been posted in the last 12 months. This certificate is built for busy people who want to take the next step in their careers. The program is 100% online, and you will have access to experienced instructors ready to support your learning and provide you with personalized feedback. Moving at your own pace, you’ll work through projects that mirror the ones you’ll need to perform on the job.
For example, you’ll create a project charter and scope statement, develop a project work breakdown structure, develop a stakeholder engagement plan, build the project budget and schedule, and create a communication plan and risk implementation plan. You will master in-demand tools like Asana and Google Sheets and be ready to pass the CAPM test.
Most importantly, when you finish this program, you’ll be ready to apply for roles at companies like Google Amazon, MasterCard, and United Healthcare. Or you’ll be ready to take on additional responsibilities that your current job or for your own business will offer career services like coaching, interview prep, and job connections to help you accomplish your goals. Pathstream supports you every step of the way. To learn more about how Pathstream will support you, read this article.
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