Project Management

Career Choices During Ongoing Uncertainty (Part 3): The Late-Career Project Manager

Following 20 years at a large Canadian telecommunications firm, Bruce established the project management consulting firm Solutions Management Inc (SMI). Since 1999, he has provided contract project/program management services, been a source for project management support personnel and created/delivered courses to over 7,000 participants in Canada, the United States and England.

If experience teaches us anything, it’s that career plans—and life in general—rarely unfold as expected. The current international health crisis feels to some that these are the most uncertain times ever. It doesn’t, however, take much research to discover endless turmoil in the last 100 years. We have faced World Wars, endless geopolitical threats, numerous financial crisis and ongoing corporate turmoil. Historians will state uncertainty dates back to the beginning of time, which leads to easy predictions that it can be expected to continue indefinitely

In Part 1 of this four-part series, suggestions were made regarding how an individual new to project management may be able to mitigate the affects of uncertainty. Part 2 explored suggestions for the mid-career project manager and was intended to simulate thoughts for those that find themselves in this stage.

This article looks at suggestions for the project manager who is approaching the end of their career.

The mid-career project manager
Are you like many professionals who received a notice from the human resources department announcing you are invited to an event recognizing 30-plus years with the corporation? Perhaps you were speaking to colleagues and realized you just said, “Based on my 25+ years of experience…” and suddenly found yourself reflecting on your …


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