Once a project manager, always a project manager? Not necessarily. Regardless of the situation, you reserve the right to explore your options and break out in a new direction. In a post at Strategy Execution, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen discusses the steps you can take to prepare yourself for a career change:
- Be specific about what you want.
- Analyze feedback and past successes.
- Identify skill gaps.
- Update your CV.
- Network and meet with recruiters.
- Visualize yourself in a new role.
The Next Step
If you are going to veer away from project management, or into a different type of management, you had better get specific about what you want. After all, you do not want to shift from one position and into an ultimately less satisfying one. Perform due diligence to ensure your next step is a great one.
Of course, once you have picked a direction, the real challenge becomes getting hired to do that new job. Toward that end, analyze your strengths, weaknesses, and skills that would be useful in a new career (hard and soft). Then work toward improving across all fronts.
About networking, Madsen adds this:
Upload your CV to search engines and have coffee with as many recruiters as you can. It’s much more effective than just speaking on the phone. When you meet in person they get a better impression of who you are and you get the opportunity to pick their brains. Ask them about the market place at the moment, what skill-sets are most in demand and if they think your CV is strong enough. But don’t just rely on the agency route. Use your existing network as much as you can. Tell people that you’re open to new opportunities. The more energy to put into this the more likely it is that you’ll attract the right role.
If you want to make a big career shift, you have to believe that it is possible and within reach. Visualize yourself in the new role and convince yourself that it is not farfetched at all.
For additional thoughts, you can view the original post here: https://www.strategyex.co.uk/blog/pmoperspectives/how-to-prepare-yourself-for-a-career-move-in-project-management/