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In Current market conditions what is the career path for PM to choose to be more relevant?
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In current market conditions Project Managers are losing their positions and finding difficulty to get new job opportunities. Many companies are reducing their middle management roles. As PMs are moved out of hands-on technical skills for some time, what is the up-skilling path they need to take to be more relevant in the market to find better opportunities?
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Cybersecurity is growing so quickly that there will not be enough workers in the coming years. I would suggest for PMs to learn some basic cybersecurity skills so they can work on these types of projects. A well-recognized cybersecurity certification to obtain is the CompTIA Security+ certification.
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Nov 06, 2019 2:10 AM
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Thank you Eric for your reply. I will surely check on this.
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I do not support the view that PM's are losing their positions. It is about adapting your skills not your career path. As Eric mentions skilling up on certain skills will make your CV much more attractive. Roles come and goes but function remains. You need to keep your skillset relevant in order to perform the function not the role. It is for this reason that you will often see job postings that require project management skills or education yet the role is not for a PM.
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Nov 06, 2019 2:14 AM
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Thanks Anton for your reply. When I am looking for job description for PM openings, these days they are looking for technical hands-on experience, more % technical and less % on people mgt, Project delivery exp. So to upskill, what is right path to take.
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Nov 05, 2019 11:50 PM
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Cybersecurity is growing so quickly that there will not be enough workers in the coming years. I would suggest for PMs to learn some basic cybersecurity skills so they can work on these types of projects. A well-recognized cybersecurity certification to obtain is the CompTIA Security+ certification.
Thank you Eric for your reply. I will surely check on this.
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Nov 06, 2019 1:02 AM
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I do not support the view that PM's are losing their positions. It is about adapting your skills not your career path. As Eric mentions skilling up on certain skills will make your CV much more attractive. Roles come and goes but function remains. You need to keep your skillset relevant in order to perform the function not the role. It is for this reason that you will often see job postings that require project management skills or education yet the role is not for a PM.
Thanks Anton for your reply. When I am looking for job description for PM openings, these days they are looking for technical hands-on experience, more % technical and less % on people mgt, Project delivery exp. So to upskill, what is right path to take.
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2 replies by Anton Oosthuizen and Rami Kaibni
Nov 06, 2019 11:00 AM
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Brahmaji

Anton is absolutely right. I also agree with what you’ve mentioned, these days, every industry became very specialized and unique in its own way so recruiters look for both People Management and Technical Skills.

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Nov 07, 2019 11:16 PM
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My experience has always been that this requirement is very much related to the industry. Some industries alway require more industry-related qualifications. Construction is one where there is normally a requirement for some engineering degree, something you won't find for ICT. But this is not new, the debate on whether a PM must have industry knowledge has been going on for ages from both the profession and recruiters.
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I think you are telling about "Technical Manager" / "Technical Project Manager" vs "Project Manager". Few days ago I have raised same issue in discussion forum. I got the clarification with various outstanding comments.

If possible please read from my forum.

Forum Name : "Project Manager Role"
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Dear Brahmaji

Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

Is there a career path for project managers?

If so, what is this career?

The downsizing phenomenon in organizations is not new

How do professionals position themselves (including Project Managers)?

If you read "Who Moved My Cheese" you will find very interesting tips.

That the world is full of opportunities for project managers is a big truth.

I sincerely hope that you will find a solution for the moment you are living.
Force.
Just keep moving forward.
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Do you have a reference to back up this assumption?
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As next levels in project management career path, one can pursue Senior PM, Program manager, Portfolio manager.

Another career path can be also managing larger and more complex projects. This is also a good career path. We cannot compare PM skills needed for a project for organising an event and a project for design and manufacturing a new train. Totally different skills needed, and I am talking about soft skills here.

As for requirements for technical skills or any other specific skills in addition to PM skills, no harm, they can only be advantage to the PM skills.
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It depends. however, if you have kind of technical knowledge, like what Rajon mentioned, you would be much more successful in most organizations.
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My career path went from being a project manager to a product manager when our company transitioned from waterfall to agile. It's a different mindset, but many of the PM concepts carry over in the new role.
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