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How to make transition from manufacturing to IT industry as a PM
Recently got ACP certified on a top of PMP, and seeking for quick tips how to become more attractive as a PM for IT or consulting industry.
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Miroslav

you could work on your digital presence (LinkedIn) and your network. Attend IT conferences, approach other attendees, comment on discussion forums, write an article or 2. (make yourself visible)

Proactively approach companies you want to work at. Why not the IT division with a manufacturing company, or a consulting company for IT in manufacturing (know your market).

Join a PMI Chapter and present there, join toastmasters, and look for other volunteering opportunities. (become wiser by the day). #

Get a mentor to reflect on these changes to your life.

Thomas
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1 reply by KWIYUH MICHAEL WEPNGONG
Aug 23, 2022 10:07 AM
KWIYUH MICHAEL WEPNGONG
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Mr Thomas made a very insightful point here
It depends on the market as well. Thomas made a valid point.
Aug 23, 2022 7:55 AM
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Miroslav

you could work on your digital presence (LinkedIn) and your network. Attend IT conferences, approach other attendees, comment on discussion forums, write an article or 2. (make yourself visible)

Proactively approach companies you want to work at. Why not the IT division with a manufacturing company, or a consulting company for IT in manufacturing (know your market).

Join a PMI Chapter and present there, join toastmasters, and look for other volunteering opportunities. (become wiser by the day). #

Get a mentor to reflect on these changes to your life.

Thomas
Mr Thomas made a very insightful point here
Miroslav

Besides what Thomas mentioned, I want to emphasise the fact that you need experience to be able to become an attractive PM.

Certifications are merely an indication that someone has in-depth knowledge about a certain topic but by no means they are indicative that someone is experienced or is capable of doing a job so while they can put you ahead of the line, they won’t get you the job but themselves.

While your soft skills are transferable, yet In any industry, you need a minimum amount technical experience so if you’ve been working in the manufacturing industry throughout your career, you need some technical IT experience to do the shift and be able to be a good PM, make sense of the estimates, schedules, works progress and so on so I suggest you take a course or two that are IT related.

You also should seek a mentor who is highly experienced that can guide you through this shift, this in my opinion, is very im[ortant.

Good Luck.

RK
You need some experience related to IT, but you can get that in a manufacturing environment.

There tends to be a lot of process, documentation, and administration work in manufacturing. That has become increasingly more digital over the years. That involves a lot of process and tools changes which is IT focused.

If I were to transition from manufacturing to IT (and I have done much of both), I would focus less on the mechanical aspect of how to make a thing, and more on the business architecture for defining, building, and quality control of things manufactured.
Join a local PMI Chapter and do a Certification in your preferred technology so that you canditature is perfect for PM roles in IT
I really appreciate all the insightfull thoughts, perspectives and interesting opinions. This also intorduced the power of PM community whithin PMI.
As for now my plan will look as follows:
1. Take industry (IT) related courses,
2. Work on making oneself visible in IT world (linkenin, conferences, forums..)
3. Find the mentor,
4. Voulenteer,
5. Undertake or iniciate IT related projects whithin current role in manufacturing industry,
Can't wait to see what will happen in next 12 months!
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Aug 29, 2022 9:53 AM
Stéphane Parent
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You may want to add Thomas' suggestion to join Toastmasters, Miroslav. It will come in handy when you try to sell your project management skills over your lack of IT knowledge. (Most clubs now offer online interaction.)
The only difference between IT and others, if the IT includes software, is the "software intangibility". When you go to somebody who is creating a piece of software, ask her/him about progress, and her/him answer with a percentage, is better you take care about the way to measure it in software creation. For other things, everything remains. Just to write about my personal experience, when my background and studies are related to software, I was project and program manager of critical programs and projects in several other industries that if you see them are not related at all.
Aug 26, 2022 6:30 AM
Replying to Miroslav Drugda
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I really appreciate all the insightfull thoughts, perspectives and interesting opinions. This also intorduced the power of PM community whithin PMI.
As for now my plan will look as follows:
1. Take industry (IT) related courses,
2. Work on making oneself visible in IT world (linkenin, conferences, forums..)
3. Find the mentor,
4. Voulenteer,
5. Undertake or iniciate IT related projects whithin current role in manufacturing industry,
Can't wait to see what will happen in next 12 months!
You may want to add Thomas' suggestion to join Toastmasters, Miroslav. It will come in handy when you try to sell your project management skills over your lack of IT knowledge. (Most clubs now offer online interaction.)

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