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Transform into IT Project Manager's role from a Software Engineer's/Developer's role
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What would be your approach in transforming into an IT project Manager/ IT Manager role after successfully completing PMP and having about 5 to 10 years of progressive work experience as a Software Engineer/Developer? Most people get their MBA and PMP and then try to switch to a managerial position. Without anyone reporting to you in the past but having led projects and a deep understanding of Software Development Life Cycle, how can you convince a company that you would be a good IT project manager? Also, would you look for entry level IT manager position or mid-level?
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First thing is to understand that something project management does not exists. You are a person that can manage projects no matter the domain where they are started. If not you will visualized as an subject matter expert instead of a project manager. Second, if when you wrote PMP is about the PMI´s certification then let me say that getting the certification and being a project manager are two diferent things.
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Hello,

What an interesting topic ! Thanks for the question.

I think it is very common that people want to get a higher position, but the job adverts for these jobs ask tons of experience.

From a theorical point of view, I agree with Sergio, that you could be a project manager for any field. BUT in practice, I see that job adverts always favor people who understand the chosen field.

So I would also aim for an IT project manager role.

Here are several approaches you might like to take to get the position you want.

1st : search for a junior project manager position advert, or a position as a "coordinator", a "team leader", or "PMO" staff

2nd : get hired as a senior developer, but clearly stating that you aim for a project manager position once you are familiarized with the specialty of the company.

3rd : whatever the advert, show that you are so passionate and knowledgeable for the position that they can't refuse to give you a chance

Good luck !

Alexandre
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I'd recommend trying to move into this new direction within your current organization. Provides a nice opportunity to gain exposure and experience in the role amongst peers that recognize your value and career transition. No need to start at a Jr. Level, and especially if remain in org. A potential direction is requesting a project management role with specific projects without a full role change.
Like Sergio brings up, it is important to realize the challenge one can face coming in as an 'expert' in one are or SME. This can be difficult for some to come in, facilitate and delegate the work, letting others solution while you, now the PM, work in a different space and mindset.
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1 reply by Alexandre Filipiak
May 13, 2019 1:52 AM
Alexandre Filipiak
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@Andrew : great suggestion ! However, Mr Prithviraj Bhosale
might already have explored the possibility of internal promotion.
In that case, do you have any advice on how to apply for a non-junior project manager position advert without experience ?
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You have two options to get your feet wet. One, you can look for a small project that you can handle as the sole project manager. Alternatively, you can look at being part of a project office for a large project.
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May 12, 2019 7:51 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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I'd recommend trying to move into this new direction within your current organization. Provides a nice opportunity to gain exposure and experience in the role amongst peers that recognize your value and career transition. No need to start at a Jr. Level, and especially if remain in org. A potential direction is requesting a project management role with specific projects without a full role change.
Like Sergio brings up, it is important to realize the challenge one can face coming in as an 'expert' in one are or SME. This can be difficult for some to come in, facilitate and delegate the work, letting others solution while you, now the PM, work in a different space and mindset.
@Andrew : great suggestion ! However, Mr Prithviraj Bhosale
might already have explored the possibility of internal promotion.
In that case, do you have any advice on how to apply for a non-junior project manager position advert without experience ?
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In the USA, there are no entry level project manager jobs that require no experience. Employers do not usually count transferable skills. They only count experience by job title, not by tasks done.

You need to find the rare employer who does accept transferable skills.
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Thanks everyone for your valuable advice! Moving within the organization is easy, but I have seen a lot of struggles when someone tries to move from a core technical position into a manager's role outside of the current organization, hence the question.
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Don't worry about moving into the position for now. Your focus should be on gaining experience and proving yourself as a project manager. Ask for small "projects" to manage. There always something small that needs to be done, like social events. Even if you are the only one on the project, work through all the project management areas and groups. The beauty of these projects is they are usually quick. Eventually you will gain résumé-building experience.
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1 reply by Prithviraj Bhosale
May 15, 2019 2:09 PM
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Thank you!
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May 14, 2019 8:45 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Don't worry about moving into the position for now. Your focus should be on gaining experience and proving yourself as a project manager. Ask for small "projects" to manage. There always something small that needs to be done, like social events. Even if you are the only one on the project, work through all the project management areas and groups. The beauty of these projects is they are usually quick. Eventually you will gain résumé-building experience.
Thank you!
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Prithviraj Bhosale, have you thought about doing volunteer projects for your PMI chapter? This might help you to build a portfolio of projects.

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