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Which Way Do You Want to Take Your Project Management Career?

A project manager is deep in thought about the direction his career is headed.After you have been in the project leader role for a while you might start to wonder what direction you want to move your career in. There are a few different options to consider here so let’s take a look at some of the main ones to see how we can achieve the one we really want.

More Challenges

Maybe what you want most of all are some new and exciting challenges at work. If this is the case then you should be able to find all of the challenges you could ask for in the project world. Perhaps you will be tempted to move into a different industry or go for a bigger, more complex piece of work such as a high pressure government project. There are many different ways of adding more of a challenge to your working life if you look for them hard enough. One of the top advantages to doing this is that it can mean that you are no longer afraid of any future projects. Let me explain; if you drift along comfortably with relatively easy pieces of work then it can be a real shock to the system to get handed a more difficult project. However, if you are constantly challenged at work then you will find it easier to deal with anything which is thrown your way.

More Money

There are a number of reasons why you might place money as the number one priority in your career. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a particularly cash motivated person you might have some financial problems or be looking to start a family or buy your first home. There is no shame in looking at collecting a better financial package for the work you do. If this is what you need to look for then the price you need to pay could be a more demanding job with longer hours or more pressure. However, as long as you have already thought about this and accepted it then it shouldn’t be a problem for you.

More Responsibility

What many project managers look for is a higher degree of responsibility in their work. This is a natural progression for many of us and if you don’t attend to it at the right time then you could end up getting frustrated. If what you need to progress is to get stretched and feel more responsibility then there are a number of ways of doing this. As strange as it might sound, I think that working for a smaller company could do this for you. The smallest firm I ever worked for also gave me my project management role with most responsibility. I think this is because a smaller company will tend to have less staff in them and you will probably have less bosses or stakeholders peering over your shoulder. I had always been used to working in large teams and with a lot of paperwork and regulated processes. When I went to work for the more modestly sized employer I was suddenly out on a limb without any of these comforting things around me. This is a fantastic way of building up your confidence levels and of becoming more independent as well, although it can be a little scary at first.

More Stability

Perhaps what you really want is a stable job which you can hang your hat on. This is, again, something which you could look for in a number of different situations. In the current economic climate no one can afford to take their job for granted and it could be that you want to look for as much security as possible. In this case I would suggest looking for a big, respected employer and bedding yourself in there. It is still no guarantee of job security in these times but it is a good start.

More Fun

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to look forward to work each day knowing that it is going to be a lot of fun? The problem is in knowing what career move is going to give you this. You might know someone who recommends an employer for this reason but otherwise you could check out the online lists of the best employers to work for. Apart from that, you might need to simply trust your instincts when you turn up for the interview and see what the place and the people are like.

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