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What does means to be a project manager? That is the question to answer. If you want to be one then, in my humble opinion, you have to be: 1-understand what a project manager is. 2-get a way to perform project management (PMI, IPMA, PRINCE2, etc). 3-work inside a project performing any role.
Educational background is great but it constitutes only 25% of a PM. 75% of PM skills comes from experience and in order to get into the PM World, you maybe need to start as a project coordinator and move up the ladder.
Hi Melissa and welcome to this amazing community.
I'm glad that graduates think about project management as a future profession. When I was in high school I didn't have any idea what PM means. It means that PMI and project management community are doing great!
I'm not very familiar with Australian BS or Masters, but I would like to recommend you to follow a path that you really like, Project Mangement is not only present in Construction, did you think about IT? Telecommunication?
And as the Rami said, maybe you’ll start as a project coordinator.
Getting a job or develop a profession, sometimes not only depend on your BS. Example myself, I have a BS in science, a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering, after university, IBM offered me a grant with internship and I did SAP master (SAP = ERP = IT), I worked as a project assistant, project coordinator, team leader…and finally I've gotten my first small projects as project manager. Anyway...that was a long time ago, and in Europe, nowadays I heard same think that you, that there are BS that will open you more doors in Project Management profession. But as Rami remarked, the background is a low percentage in this world.
Good luck and keep us posted about your decision.
I think you should start with #2. As Sergio mentioned, understand the role first. Get the foundation laid and concepts clear.
Next work inside a project performing any role. Get experience as project contributor or coordinator.
Finally aim for PMI, PRINCE2, etc. certifications to stand out.
Hope this helps.
Good Luck and All the Best.
Construction is a wild industry ... My expertise is in Project / Construction Management with a background in Civil Engineering, My educational background provided a background but was not enough at all to qualify me as a PM.
In my humble opinion, experience is what makes a PM excel at what he or she does as I mentioned in my previous comment.
Thank you for your reply, but is it mandatory for me to have a construction related degree to be a PM in construction? Like you have a background in civil engineer. If I only have a business related degree, will i still be able to do so or not?
If you want to work in the construction field and you want to work your way to become PM in this field, then you have to be patient because the career path is long and is challenging.
I do not know about the CM program in Austria as a bachelor. I did mine as MS in the USA. I would think it would be good to take this route (vs op 2) since you are studying in a domain related to what you want (Op 2 could be more business oriented). However, to reach PM - maybe starting in Engineering would be a choice - Civil, Mechanical, Industrial, or similar fields. Most PM in construction are from one of these fields and backgrounds.
Once you have your degree - you still have a few years of work before you can reach a PM Role - so once again, be patient.
Hope this help
I understand that I would need work experience before becoming a PM. What did you take for your Bachelors? Can I take business for my bachelors and then continue my masters in Project Management to be a qualified PM in the construction industry? Or do I have to have an engineering or construction degree like you said? Do you recommend choice 1 or 2 in my above question. Thank you so much.
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