Project Management

Pursue Your Dreams – There’s a Niche for Everyone

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected] Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

My wife will tell you that I have a strange mind, that I see things a bit differently than most. And based on what led me to this article, she may be onto something. Last week, I was writing about two specific topics: the “Great Resignation,” and ESG issues [environmental, social and (corporate) governance]. As I wrote those pieces, I was thinking that there was a fair bit of overlap in those areas, and that’s what’s inspired me to write this.

It was really a combination of an increase in opportunities to work on ESG-related initiatives and the greater freedom that project managers have to choose their own career path. That freedom has come from the increase in demand for projects—and project managers—plus the willingness of organizations to be more flexible in hiring and retaining top talent in the midst of the great resignation.

That led me to thinking that there were a number of PMs who would enjoy becoming ESG specialists—pursuing their career in an area that they were personally passionate about, and where they could make a real difference beyond simply improving their employer’s profitability.

But then I started thinking more broadly. ESG is critically important, but there are also other opportunities to specialize, to operate in a niche part of project delivery, that would appeal to different project managers.

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