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How did you become a project manager? Planned, career change, happy/sad now?
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As I become to know more and more of you on this site, it makes me wonder how many of you became project managers in the first place. Did you know you wanted to be one when younger? Was it due to your changing adult preferences and career changes? What path did you take to becoming a PM? Would you do it all over again if given the chance? Do you like being a PM?
Thanks for your openness and honesty.
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Many years ago I was a developer and complained that we needed project management. My Manager told me that if I wanted project management so much, that I could do the project management. I did start managing projects for our team and never went back to a developer position. I still like being a PM.
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I didn't know it existed until I did a grad training scheme. Then I realised there was a team who did project management, and I think that felt like a natural fit for what I was good at. Once I knew organising things and people was an actual job, I decided to go that way with my career.
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What about you, Michael?
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1 reply by Michael Shanklin, MBA, PMP
Aug 03, 2017 4:18 PM
Michael Shanklin, MBA, PMP
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Good to see you on projectmanagement.com Elizabeth! Hope your group is doing well.

I actually went to business school, got a BBA & an MBA, then went into the private sector. After some time with an IT security company, and then going to work at a company that services energy utilities (including software development), I was intrigued with PM. I had heard about it in B-school, but didn't really get that much into it back then. Once I heard the demand/value for PMs, I started researching it more and realized I wanted more of those skills. I jumped in around April with my aim at achieving the PMP in June. Everything worked out and here I am managing a large software project internally for our company. I was given the project about 2-3 weeks after I received my PMP and I'm not addicted to learning as much as I can about being a PM and how it can help my business.
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Aug 03, 2017 4:12 PM
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What about you, Michael?
Good to see you on projectmanagement.com Elizabeth! Hope your group is doing well.

I actually went to business school, got a BBA & an MBA, then went into the private sector. After some time with an IT security company, and then going to work at a company that services energy utilities (including software development), I was intrigued with PM. I had heard about it in B-school, but didn't really get that much into it back then. Once I heard the demand/value for PMs, I started researching it more and realized I wanted more of those skills. I jumped in around April with my aim at achieving the PMP in June. Everything worked out and here I am managing a large software project internally for our company. I was given the project about 2-3 weeks after I received my PMP and I'm not addicted to learning as much as I can about being a PM and how it can help my business.
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Hi Michael: I was approached by company leadership to become a project manager. At first, I was hesitant but now realize it has been a good fit for my strengths. My degree was in business with a focus on healthcare management. Never thought I would end up as a PM, but now love it!
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Hi Michael, honestly, I knew this existed and a path I wanted to take. At that time I was in QA management, overqualified- for being a test lead and not many QA manager roles existed. So I wrote PMP, became a project manager. Being honest, looking back, I still like to be a QA manager than program manager. If the role is challenging I like it, but if the company is behind process and standards, than taking up the solutions, then I feel sad:-)
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Hi Michael,
Becoming a project manager was a planned move for me. I became project manager as I was having passion for it and not because my company promoted me being the senior resource.
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Hello Michael,

Becoming a project manager was not planned for me It was my campus placement from where did i recruited as an Associate Project Manager after joining the position my organization helped me and encouraged me to take up the CAPM, PMP, ICP, PSM. Now after spending 6+ years in the industry i realized that becoming a Project Manager is an Individual's decision i have seen people they are in the industry for more than 10years but didn't want to go into project management becaus ethey doesn't see an alignment in there skills and requirement in PManagement. They are happy to work on technical side. So it depends on your skills and interest areas.
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I always want to become a PM. I started as a programmer, but focusing on became a PM and in some years a achieve my goal.

I´m very happy with because every day I need to think a lot and talk with many people to solve problems to maintain the project in the right path... And nothing makes me happier than that.
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Hi Michael..

I have not yet reached any level(s) that others possess. My venture into PM began rather recently from a personal quest as a "career changer" and returning back to school hoping to gain knowledge within the tech world in order to help with my career/job search. As the required IT Project Management class progressed, it became apparent that I could mesh my background in Political Science/International Relations as a mere subject matter expert for cybersecurity and government policy, ect. I still have to take the CAPM before anything else (which I've been doing my best to prepare for and pass). Personally, I am honored to have an opportunity to know each of you and gain insight into the world of PM.

"Florida" Sunshine Regards, R :)
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