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Can I become a project manager after leaving the military?

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I'm currently serving as in the RAF as a survival equipment fitter. I am a SAC with 9 years experience, my job entails the maintenance, modification and rectification of aircrew equipment, parachutes and things like that, where I have to plan work within time constraints, needs of the customer and a servicing schedule. Part of my job also has me working out the consumable stores and section spare equipment for detachments to operational bases all over the world. I have also been part of a team implementing LEAN to our workplace including the use of a Kanban system for the consumable stores.

I'm leaving the forces in 18 months time and am looking to take my skill set over to project managing as I feel I have the organisation, communication and the management skills to outweigh my lack of trade knowledge and experience. For military resettlement I am looking at doing the Prince 2 foundation and practitioner, APMP and Microsoft project software courses.

Is this the correct patch to take and do you think I am suitable for project management   

Thanks for your time
asked 10 years ago by anonymous edited 9 years ago by MaplePM

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Judging from the way you are list your experience (you are making it very relevant to project management), then yes, you are suitable for project management, since apparently you like project management. Project management is also a great career path, see http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/772/is-project-management-a-good-career-path.

Now the question is, how do you get there? Since you still have 18 months of work in the RAF, then I suggest you take more and more real project management tasks (try to ask your project manager to assign you some project management work), and then eventually you may leave in a year and a half as an assistant project manager.

The other thing you can do is also get certified, but you must do these two things in parallel.

I think your experience in the RAF (which is very respected organization in the UK) and your certification will make you very worthy in the current job market.
answered 10 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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