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Fear of losing skills

Hello everyone. Times are tough and market is squeezing now adays. And it is possible that professionals have to pick up jobs which doesn't match the skills of an individual. During these times, how can a management professional polish and develop his skills if his current job is not related with management. ? I am facing this crisis and I believe a talent not used is a talent lost. Any help?
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Sep 22, 2017 9:40 AM
Found PM Challenge Q&A Series quiet intuitive to keep Learning Curve remain high in additions to project assignments.
Debasish, I agree and drilled into the PMBOK(r) to find the answers for the questions that stumped me. I learned more from that effort than just the reinforcement of when I was correct. I also offered my feedback on questions where I didn't agree with the wording of the question or the answer. PMI very respectfully acknowledged my input (and agreed with me on some of my comments). Makes a happy member to help others.

I would generally agree with most of the options like volunteering, reading articles, related blog posts, Listening to podcasts but in my present assignment I also faced the same dilemma and I chose teaching as Gary suggested. But it all depends what you feel comfortable with or what you can squeeze in your schedule.

Hi Mirza, this is quite an interesting topic you've started off! In-fact I believe there will be many professionals who are having these same questions in their minds. I am one of them and I find the answers quite helpful and reassuring.

Thanks again.

Really challenging now a days to balance the Technical and Project management work flows lot of risks but no mitigation are cloud migration which are unanswered

in case you could not find a good job as per your criteria in your management fields which you are looking for... so my recommendation is that you shall learn more and more to upgrade your criteria in such management otherwise try to diversify :)

I agree with the volunteer response, but try to find something more aligned with what you want to do in the future and gain that experience! Best of luck!

Sep 19, 2017 10:24 AM
Replying to Juan Gabriel Gantiva Vergara
I believe that you should make a map of hard and soft skills, then do a comparison with what the market is asking for. I also consider betting on new trends (being the first is a differentiator)
Mapping hard and soft skills is good advice. You state your current role has nothing to do with management, but if you look closely, you are managing your own work, influencing the work of others around you, and supporting a manager. Even without the title of PM, you can put your skills to work ~ can you suggest process improvements? Identify risks in your workspace? Communicate with others appropriately? Practice identifying stakeholders and make note of how you might handle situations differently.

Every PM started out as a non-manager and used skills learned in other roles to convince some poor Sponsor to give us the reigns on his pet project.

Good Luck!

Management Skills reflects on your daily life , even if you do not notice but you use it everyday.

PM Challenge Q & A series will support you

Many professors who do not do their own business are teaching business management so why not?
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