Project Management

A Kerzner Award Recipient Shares Why Teaching PM Skills to Youth is 'Essential'


Each year, the PMI Educational Foundation honors those excelling in the project management field by presenting the Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management to a deserving recipient. Last year, PMIEF gave the award to Sudhakar Ravada, accomplished PMP®, for his achievements in project management.

We had the opportunity to interview Sudhakar on how the award not only helped him advance on his career path (and how he encourages all PMs to apply for the award), but how teaching project management skills early on helps.

1. Why do you feel it’s important for youth to learn project management skills?
Skills such as planning, collaboration with others, execution and self-management are essential to accomplish anything in life.

Some of us are lucky to have parents, or go to schools or have mentors who provide us the awareness of these skills and help us build them early in our lives. But, these days, thanks to organizations like PMI and PMIEF, the knowledge is accessible to all, and there are plenty of avenues through these organizations to participate and build project management skills. 

It thus helps anyone to acquire these skills early on to leverage them to simplify and accelerate their goal achievement in life.”

2. How has project management helped you in a leadership role?
My leadership role is in context of …

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