Project Management

That Career Shortcut You’re Looking For? It Doesn’t Exist

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.

For as long as I have been offering thoughts on the subject of project management in various venues and formats, people have been reaching out to me with questions about their careers. The growth of social media—and my apparent refusal to stop talking and writing on the subject—have been accompanied by an increase in those interactions in recent years.

And until recently, there has been a lot of consistency to the type of thing that I get asked: ideas for advancing a career, opportunities that I might know of, training or certifications I might recommend, and so on.

But in the last couple of years, I’ve noticed a bit of a shift. Increasingly, people are looking for advice on how they can achieve that career growth and advancement quickly. They want to find ways to shortcut a career, or to achieve senior positions without experience or qualifications. It made me wonder what was driving that shift.

A colleague suggested that it was simply that people at entry levels of organizations today have grown up in a world that is much faster paced and are more used to being able to achieve instant gratification. I don’t buy that. I suspect that every generation since the time of cavemen was criticized by those older than them of being impatient and expecting everything to be given to them without any work.

I was certainly accused of that when I …


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