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To enter the field of Project Management, should I be specialized in one area? Generalist VS Specialist

I will be graduating with a bachelor's degree in sociology, so I do not have specialty in one specific area.  

To get my foot into the door:

1) Should I choose a field of study (be it construction or IT) and take a relevant post-graduate certificate program?

2) Would achieving CAPM by graduation be sufficient for entering the general business area of project management? (Positions such as project coordinator and manager assistant)

3) Is there a particular firm that has more job prospects than the other, or general business area is secure enough for a long-term career path?
asked 9 years ago by SamuelSohn (250 points) edited 9 years ago by MaplePM

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There is a continuing debate on whether the project manager needs to be an SME (specialist) in his field or not (generalist). So no one can give a definitive, objective answer to your question.

Now let me answer your other questions:

1 - I think it's excellent to have a degree in construction - it will help you become a construction project manager and it will help you secure a very high salary.

2- CAPM is a good way to enter the project management world, especially for helping you secure a low level position in PM (such as project manager assistant - PMA)

3- Job security no longer exists - both employees and employers are no longer loyal to each other (in the old days, one could work for 30 years for the same company without quitting or getting fired - now that was job security). I advise you to get into the construction industry, lots of work worldwide and higher salaries than other professions.
answered 9 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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