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Where to begin in project management?

I'm 25 years old and I have now decided to start a career in project management but I don't know where I should begin? I know that I have to study first (and maybe get certified), but where should I begin in my studies? Are there any books or articles that you recommend?

And after I get the necessary education, then how do I get into the (seemingly restricted but for the few elite) project management world?
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

Well, the first thing to do is to "want" to become a project manager. Now that we have established that in your case, there are many ways to enter the project management world:

- From within your current company: Tell your project manager that you're interested in becoming a project manager, and he'll tell you which books that you need to read and hopefully he'll delegate to you some of the project management tasks that he's doing himself.

- In another company: You can start in another company as a project manager assistant, which is more or less like a secretary for the project manager, but, as the name "SECRETary" implies, you will learn about all the secrets of project management in this role and you will be able to then take an increasing amount of work off the shoulders of the project manager.

- By studying: You can take some project management courses or enroll in a full project management program. This way you will learn about project management and you'll be able to take a project management role in any company (note that some companies are hesitant when it comes to hiring a project manager without a previous experience).

Now once you enter the project management world, you can then start thinking about getting PMP or PRNCE2 certified; both will give you added value.

Now as for the books, you can read this answer: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/757/what-are-the-best-project-management-books

PS: You might find this answer interesting: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/5289/how-to-get-experience-in-project-management
answered 9 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points) edited 9 years ago by MaplePM

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