Your career path
Thinking about a career as a project professional?
A wide range of roles exist within the profession of project management. Roles match any level of experience and professional qualifications.
APM Role Profiler
APM, the Chartered body for the project profession, has created a Role Profiler tool to help you if you are new to project management or unsure whether you have the required skills to apply for your next role. *This tool is only available to members of APM
Find out what the project disciplines are all about
- Project disciplines include project management, project administration, project support office functions, project planning, programme management, programme planning, portfolio management. Please note this list is not exhaustive.
- Project disciplines are a wide and diverse career choice which span a number of different industry sectors. In order to get a flavour of some of the different industries, take a look at the list of APM Corporate members.
- Become an associate member of APM, the Chartered body of the project profession, and make links to the disciplines through the many benefits APM offers.
- If you can, talk to people who are already working as project professionals and learn from their experiences. If you are already working in a company that employs project professionals, ask if you can shadow them or get involved in some ways with the projects they are currently managing.
Is project management for you and do you have the right skills?
- Now you have an idea as to what the project disciplines are all about, you should have a feel for whether it is the career choice for you.
- Up until this point in your life you will have been learning and improving your skill base. To enter into project disciplines, it is important to link the skills you currently have with those required by the project job market.
- A good starting point is to complete the self assessment form based on the APM Competence Framework. This will highlight areas where you have existing skills or knowledge, as well as identifying areas for enhancement, in order to assist your career development.
Find out about the job market
- Once you have an idea of the skills and knowledge areas you are strong/not so strong in, have a look at the project management jobs board.
- If any jobs take your interest, it is worth sending off for more information and a detailed job specification, even if you are not entirely sure you have the experience for the job. By getting this information, you are gathering useful data on the area of the job market you are interested in, for example, skills and experience required, salary details, current trends etc.
- If you identify any major gaps in your skills or knowledge that are required by the jobs you are interested in, it is worth trying to get experience in these areas.
As you go through your project career, keep a track of your experience and training as this will help with future job applications. APM’s CPD scheme can help with this.
As your career develops you may want to enhance your professional status and recognition by obtaining APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) and set yourself apart in the profession.