Have you ever wondered where your career as a project manager is heading? Or why some people seem to be moving at a rapid pace while others struggle to make it to the top?
It can be difficult to get started in project management, especially when you realize that the training program you took didn’t give you the answers you need to manage a project in real life.
Today, I will share three key trends in project management development and what they mean to you. If you have completed the course and still don’t feel satisfied, then this video or the summary transcript below will help.
1. Companies pay less for training
Are HR budgets tighter than ever?
In the area of project management, I am noticing a decrease in support from companies for training. Every week, people email me to complain about not being able to get the support and investment they need from their line managers in order to acquire the skills they desire. Real skills, not just passing exams.
2. There are fewer company mentoring programs
If you have difficulty getting your boss to pay for your training, I recommend that you find a mentor.
The second trend I see is that people are more busy at work. Ten years ago, I knew many project managers who had mentors. It’s not so common nowadays.
HR departments lack the resources to create formal plans. Informal relationships are often ruined because the mentor doesn’t have the time.
3. The need for support is growing
These first two points are enough to cause a problem. But… the third thing is that there is an increasing need for project managers to get support.
Project work is becoming more common in the workplace. Mentoring and support are not going away. In fact, it has grown. To get to where you want to be, it’s more important than ever to take control of your career.
Are You Getting the Support You Need?
Are you satisfied with the direction of your career as project manager? Are you confident and able to do the job?
Are you happy with your career advancement? Are you getting in front the right people and getting the best projects?
It can be difficult to manage projects if you don’t feel you have the skills or the management support you need or don’t have the work/life balance that you desire.
Project Management Rebels offers some great resources. Negative Thoughts are the worst!
Sometimes, we can be our worst enemy.
The doubts and negative thoughts start to creep in. You may have heard yourself say, “But, I’ve taken a PM course, so I should know all the stuff,” which is quite normal, even if it is embarrassing.
Imagine how it would feel if you had more confidence in your work, where you know you’re using real-world techniques and that you have a plan to improve your career and manage your team better.
This is the opportunity that we have today as project managers, and it’s why I’m so passionately about mentoring.
I was fortunate enough to have a mentor at the beginning of my career. I also mentored other project managers throughout my career. But I am realizing that 1-to-1 mentoring doesn’t reach enough people.
Project Management Rebels was born.
What is Project Management Rebels?
It is a membership site that provides mentoring and career development for project managers who don’t work in a traditional world.
What does this mean?
It means that I will share resources, articles, and videos each month, no matter where you are in your career journey. Mentoring will be done in a new way.
I must tell you that this is not one-to-one mentoring. However, I offer project management mentoring to individuals.