Thoughts on Becoming a PM Educator
Everyone follows a different path. I started my career as a teacher and have an undergrad degree in education. But like so many project managers, I fell into the project management profession. When I moved to a new city and was unfamiliar with the school system, I found a job working in the communication field. As my responsibilities grew, I started working on and then managing projects. Then a project management friend invited me to local PMI chapter meeting. And the next thing I knew, I was volunteering to help.
As my business career grew, so did my volunteering career path. I became a manager of managers and a chapter board member. Along the way, my teaching experience proved to be extremely useful. Whenever I had to coach or mentor new employees or new volunteers, I relied on these skills. I held lunch and learns. I organized orientation sessions. I prepared business overviews, cheat sheets on new processes and systems, PowerPoint presentations on new strategies and helped organize professional development events.
Through my work with the local chapter, I also became aware of the project management courses offered at both colleges and universities in our area. Our chapter partnered with them, invited their students to our meetings, created student project management awards and spoke regularly at their undergrad and/or continuing studies career days and orientation
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