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There really is no "typical" day, Laura as it depends on the volume of concurrent projects the PM is managing as well as where those projects are in their life cycles.
You'd be better of looking at frequently performed activities and most of those are communications-based: meetings, facilitating workshops, stakeholder engagement and so on.
I have another question. The best place to start in the field would be a certification right? Is there one in particular you recommend?
I have looked at the PMP, but I am not sure if my experience as a meeting planner would be considered relatable enough to count as project management experience (i.e. could planning a conference count, or does the project need to be completed with a PM mindset?). I've also looked at Certified Scrum Master.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
What led you to change your career from meeting planning to project management?
After you answer this question (the important thing is to answer yourself) I can tell you what a project manager's day is
+ Having the team build the WBS for the project
+ Developing a network diagram
+ Identifying and assessing risks
+ Analyzing a change request
Welcome to the community.
The reason I love Project Management is because everyday is almost a different day from meetings, learning, projects, discussions, networking so there is not typical day per say as it could be a mix of any of the above.
Laura - Welcome!
I’ve had many days where I spend the day walking around, talking with teams, individuals, etc. Then ‘do my work’ later. Then some days I have more ‘free’ time to catch up on other items.
What I really love is the human aspect. Those conversations and helping others to not just meet their goal, but understand what’s happening. I appreciated the opportunity to work with the teams and empower them to be confident and successful in their role and in the team. Certainly, lots of tactical efforts too, just highlighting the other aspects. And I appreciate those needs as well.
Probably how I ended up in a coaching role :)
I am looking to switch because the project management field appears to be more wide-reaching. Also, while there are plenty of meeting planning positions out there, a lot are centralized in Washington, DC and I would like to have the flexibility to move elsewhere if I would like to.
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