How to become a project manager
Thinking about a career as a project professional but not sure where to begin? Project management is increasingly becoming a career of choice rather than chance and plays a crucial role in a wide range of business sectors, making it a varied and rewarding job. There are many entry level jobs available such as assistant project manager or project assistant, or you could consider an apprenticeship. There is more than one way to become a project management professional though.
Routes to project management:
Whether you’re a graduate or a career changer, there a number of ways to pursue a career in project management:
> Apprenticeships for on-the-job learning and development so you can “earn while you learn”.
> APM-accredited degrees that build your project knowledge at university.
> APM’s professional qualifications that clearly demonstrate your technical knowledge to employers.
How can I improve my knowledge?
By reading books such as Starting Out in Project Management or Project journal; accessing our extensive project management resources; or attending APM events where you can network with other project managers and listen to industry-leading speakers - you will increase the depth of your knowledge and ensure consistent personal and professional growth.
Attend events & webinars
APM holds many prestigious events and conferences throughout the year. Make sure you don't miss out on learning from leading industry specialists and project professionals. SIG and Branch events and webinars are also excellent opportunities to network and discover.
Become a member
Individual membership of a professional body such as APM enhances your status with colleagues and employers alike and helps you stay ahead of the competition. Publicly demonstrate your commitment to professionalism and boost your career prospects by joining now.
Project:You - A student guide to project management
APM's Project:You student guide gives you insight in to the project profession, as well as case studies, information on our free Student membership and 50+ examples of companies supporting the guide.