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Any suggestions to switch streams in Project Management
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Hi All,

What approach do you think would work best in switching streams as a Project Manager? If one were to go by job descriptions alone, all of them require a continued experience in the same field which might be a difficult thing for someone who wishes to switch streams.
As an example, I am currently a Project Manager in the IT domain. I would like to try my hands at an AI firm or a marketing firm but in both instances, I would need "relevant experience".
I understand the criticality of relevant experience in fields like aviation (where the risks are very high and human lives are involved) but what about others?

Any help would be appreciated
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Project Management itself is an art of executing projects to realise vision, objectives and operating within several constraints of organisation along with all stakeholders collaboratively. As long as you do proper due diligence and work along with SMEs, your current experience will be utilised to pursue your ambitions. No one is borne with readymade experience. As long as you are a constant learner and have a passion for utilising your experience to pursue a new sector, you can always be successful. But please learn to walk before you run, that is the only thing you need to adopt with rigour and commitment. I believe successful project managers are always creative and can adapt to any sector, of course working with real domain experts. Believe in your capabilities and think what is right for you.
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Start getting interested in the new field, sign up to blogs, post yourself, read stuff, attend a conference, link up with people. See how your current areas of expertise already are connected. You should be able to create some interesting ideas within a few months. Post them.
Your benefit is that you can connect the area with good practices/knowledge from the areas you come from.

In the end project management is also problem solving and creativity, and stakeholder engagment. Use these to show utility.
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Dear Aseem
Interesting this topic for reflection
Thanks for sharing

I agree with the tips of Suneel and Thomas

I compare Project Manager and a conductor in an orchestra
You don't necessarily have to know how to play an instrument but you have to know music

On the other hand, the path is made by walking


If that's what you really want. get ready and prepare a creative approach to working in an AI firm or a Marketing firm
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1 reply by Denise Thompson
Oct 30, 2019 4:04 PM
Denise Thompson
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Agreed Luis. The same themes of project mastery in the areas of schedule, human resource, cost, and scope management apply regardless of the industry the project manager serves. As the project manager, you want to gain just enough knowledge in AI or marketing so you are trusted as individual who understands the subject matter experts. You don't need to become a subject matter expert in those areas. Stick to a mastery of knowledge in project management and your skills will earn you respect in any industry.
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You are making a reference to job search. My answer is about my personal experience and others experience about switching. My original background is system (not software system) and software. My first assignements were in that field. Becuase my work life I mutated to the dark side of business domain (jejejeje). I have leading projects and programs from nuclear plants to real organization transformation to agile. I worked (and I am still working) in multiple domains. Perhaps because my background on systems each time I was assigned to a new initiative I performed a critical activity: elicitation. I followed the CMU SEI process to perform elicitation to take knowledge about the domain, the stakeholders pains and concerns into that domain, tha companies architecture inside the domain, the companies pains inside the domain. So, switching was that for me and when I got a new job (except for my first and my today play I switch lot of times) there was no problem for me. In fact, if I found a job request with the characteristics you stated I sent my postulation and I demostrated into the interview why I can perform the role.About @Luis stated related orchestra director the PMI published an article I wrote in 1998 explaining that.
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I agree with Sergio and Thomas.
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I can't call myself an expert in the Project Management arena (yet). But I know from experience that whenever you start something new, you have to be ready to become a student again. Just like Suneel said, you have to find yourself some subject matter expert's or a mentor and find out what they are doing to be successful.

It would also be useful to research the field you are about to go into by attending events, etc. IMHO, the AI industry is definitely a much more interesting space to be in over marketing.
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Oct 30, 2019 5:16 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Aseem
Interesting this topic for reflection
Thanks for sharing

I agree with the tips of Suneel and Thomas

I compare Project Manager and a conductor in an orchestra
You don't necessarily have to know how to play an instrument but you have to know music

On the other hand, the path is made by walking


If that's what you really want. get ready and prepare a creative approach to working in an AI firm or a Marketing firm
Agreed Luis. The same themes of project mastery in the areas of schedule, human resource, cost, and scope management apply regardless of the industry the project manager serves. As the project manager, you want to gain just enough knowledge in AI or marketing so you are trusted as individual who understands the subject matter experts. You don't need to become a subject matter expert in those areas. Stick to a mastery of knowledge in project management and your skills will earn you respect in any industry.
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You need to show superior knowledge about a subject matter if you want to convince someone to give you a chance managing a project involving it. You should be able to discuss relevant technologies, know the major industry players, and so forth.

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