Becoming a Project Manager by Accident

How did you get to be a project manager? Chances are it wasn’t a straight step from education into project management unless you are one of the rare breed to have completed a degree in project management; and it may even have been that you never dreamed that this would be your chosen career.

Whether you set out to become a project manager or simply fell into it by accident, you will, no doubt, know what an interesting and challenging career path it can be so you cannot neglect your own development and qualifications just because you already have what you want PMP certification.

On the other hand, if you are still waiting for that perfect opportunity to drop into your lap, there are a few things you can do to help speed the process along. Here are the top things any accidental PM or wannabe PM should be doing to keep them at the top of their game:

Being able to speak up and put yourself forward to manage big projects is critical if you are going to get noticed in the workplace. Work on an ‘elevator pitch’ to use with any executives or high ranking managers when you see them, to demonstrate you are capable and keen to run prestigious projects for them.


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