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Do You Have What it Takes to be a Project Manager?

Looking for a career change? Want something that is multifaceted and project based? Searching for something that puts you in charge of running the show? Well, it’s possible that project management is just your cup of tea. But before you take that first sip, read a sneak preview from an expert. Moira Alexander shares the risks and rewards of the PM profession in an article for CIO.

Do you like things hectic?

The frenetic pace of this profession may leave your head spinning. But if you’re a go-go-go person who, with coffee in hand, has the ability to multitask or to handle simultaneous deadlines, this career might be for you. This is especially true if you crave novelty. There will be a constant flux of new challenges, deliverables, deadlines, and resource juggling. And while nobody wants to be exhausted every day, some of us don’t mind losing a little sleep over some truly riveting project problems.One thing is certain about the PM position. There’s never a dull day.

It can be said that conflict management is an art and a science. Handling difficult people, both internally and externally, will be your job. You’d better get this one right! The life of a project manager cannot be confined within the hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.. PMs eat, sleep, and breath what they do. In a nutshell, you have to be a master planner with the way you spend your time. With all the associated challenges, risks, and deadlines, do you have a knack for being organized? You’ll need to be before entering this (rewarding) career cyclone.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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