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How did you become a project manager? Planned, career change, happy/sad now?

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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I was an Information Systems Power User in field operations before I was recruited to work full time in IT. I was very strong in operations workflow that helped the development group in creating applications that the business operations would really use.

Yes, Portfolio, Program, and Project Management is very rewarding as this is a "helping" profession and you learn a lot in every project.

From early on in my career, I alternated between management and technical roles. Over the years, I found project management allowed me to enjoy both side simultaneously. I'm not sure I would have made that jump if I would have stayed only in management or only on the technical side.

Project management had always been part of my job, so I thought why not to make it formal by obtaining PMP certification. Once done with that Agile seems to be a little more challenging (its something new to me), so now I have started exploring Agile practices.
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"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

- George Bernard Shaw



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