Looking for the a career in Project management? Let us guide you through the role, what you can expect and what it takes to be a project manager.
Project managers work on in a wide selection of industries from engineering to IT. These roles can vary greatly, for the purpose of this we will concentrate on the more engineering based role.
The role of a project manager:
A Project manager aims to
Make sure a project is run on budget and to schedule.
Organise people and resources so work is completed efficiently
Check all work is completed to the right standard
Motivate a team of individuals
Adapt to changes and solve unexpected problems which arise
Make sure the anticipated benefits of a project are fulfilled
Look for, manage and avoid any risks associated with the project
Meet the clients requirements
Project managers must be able to manage a team, have some technical knowledge and be flexible. Projects can change in an instant, you must be able to adapt to solve any issues which arise. To be a success in this role, you must be organised. A major part of this role is planning and organising a team as well as any external contractors.
Many roles require a project management qualification such as PRINCE2 to be considered for the role. If you don’t have a qualification experience of managing resources and projects is often required. Completing a foundation degree or degree in a related subject such as Business is another entry route to the industry.
Communication skills are vitally important in this role. You will often be working with a wide selection of different trades people and stakeholders, you must be able to communicate with them all effectively. Thinking logically and having a good attention to detail will also help to organise and ensure work is being completed to the correct standard.
What you can expect
Work is often in normal office hours, however, working late or during weekends can be required in order to meet deadlines. Your time will often be split between the office and on site work, the amount of time spent on each is dependent on the project and your exact role within that project.
Salaries can very much depend on the size of the project and the level of experience, a junior project manager’s starting salary is often between £25,000 and £30,000, with experience this can increase to between £30,000 and £50,000. Freelance project managers can negotiate a day rate dependent on the project, this can be much higher, but work is less regular.