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I'm a truck driver, can I become a project manager?

I currently work as a truck driver. Is it possible for me to become a project manager in a year, or at least get certified in project management. Is there a certain path from blue jobs to project management? Is there any hope for me to become a PM someday, one day?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous edited 10 years ago by MaplePM

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I don't think it's easy at all to switch from being a truck driver to become a project manager. Not only you don't have any PM experience in your current job, you're working in a completely different job that has nothing to do with the corporate and business world.

I'm not saying that you can't become a project manager, I'm just saying that you just can't just move from driving trucks to managing projects (well, nothing is impossible, but it's really hard).

Now what you need to do is to play it step by step. First you need to move into the white collar job. Find a job anywhere that it is white collar, regardless of the pay. In this day and age, any company has projects and applies project management to manage these projects. So, your second step would be to take a course in PM (not get certified), to understand what it is, and then you can start asking to get assigned some basic PM tasks, such as create a simple report for your project manager. Doing more and more things in project management will get you the necessary experience to get into project management. Afterwards, you need to get a basic role in project management, such as project manager assistant, and then you can move up (see this on the career path in project management: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/3356/is-project-management-a-career ).

It's challenging, but it's feasible.
answered 10 years ago by anonymous

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