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Career Options for PM
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If one want to switch Project Management career, what are other career options available now at least five years down the line?
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Milind -

I'm assuming you mean entirely out of the PM job family and not just a progression through Program Manager, Portfolio Manager or PMO leader type roles.

A PM role is a good stepping stone to many career paths - once could go (return) to a technical leadership role, go into Product Ownership/Management or some other business focused role, teach, or look at a complementary discipline such as Business Analysis.

Kiron
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2 replies by Milind Patil
Jan 08, 2019 12:31 PM
Milind Patil
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Yes entirely out of PM family.

Thanks Kiron
Jan 09, 2019 12:01 AM
Milind Patil
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What exactly technical leadership is? How to start? and same as BA. How to start on fast track?
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Jan 08, 2019 12:08 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Milind -

I'm assuming you mean entirely out of the PM job family and not just a progression through Program Manager, Portfolio Manager or PMO leader type roles.

A PM role is a good stepping stone to many career paths - once could go (return) to a technical leadership role, go into Product Ownership/Management or some other business focused role, teach, or look at a complementary discipline such as Business Analysis.

Kiron
Yes entirely out of PM family.

Thanks Kiron
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Milind,
As Kiron stated, the methods and tools of PM have very broad applications. Although most of my career has involved being a technical SME and team lead, I have used many of the PM skills for 20 years before I ever heard of a PMP certification.

Often the PM skills are one piece of a broader set of job responsibilities. In engineering any many other occupations, senior level contributors need understanding of a technical field, project management, and some understanding of business financials. Different fields will certainly require different technical skills but the PM and business knowledge still applies. The PM skills are what allow starting with someone's concept, and turning that into a plan, so that it can eventually become a deliverable product.

Keith
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1 reply by Milind Patil
Jan 09, 2019 12:02 AM
Milind Patil
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Thanks Keith
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I'd concur with the responses given. Additionally, dependent on the individuals background and personality, a coaching role of some kind.
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I agree with Kiron and Andrew on this.
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Jan 08, 2019 12:08 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Milind -

I'm assuming you mean entirely out of the PM job family and not just a progression through Program Manager, Portfolio Manager or PMO leader type roles.

A PM role is a good stepping stone to many career paths - once could go (return) to a technical leadership role, go into Product Ownership/Management or some other business focused role, teach, or look at a complementary discipline such as Business Analysis.

Kiron
What exactly technical leadership is? How to start? and same as BA. How to start on fast track?
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Jan 08, 2019 5:01 PM
Replying to Keith Novak
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Milind,
As Kiron stated, the methods and tools of PM have very broad applications. Although most of my career has involved being a technical SME and team lead, I have used many of the PM skills for 20 years before I ever heard of a PMP certification.

Often the PM skills are one piece of a broader set of job responsibilities. In engineering any many other occupations, senior level contributors need understanding of a technical field, project management, and some understanding of business financials. Different fields will certainly require different technical skills but the PM and business knowledge still applies. The PM skills are what allow starting with someone's concept, and turning that into a plan, so that it can eventually become a deliverable product.

Keith
Thanks Keith

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