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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sep 2011
34 Project Manager Four young professionals tell Project Manager magazine how they started in project management. How I got my break When I left school, I completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resources (HR). For six years I worked as an HR consultant on various projects, which motivated me to build my project experience. I was fortunate to have the support of my employer who arranged for me to undergo a graduate program of project management. I now manage a portfolio of infrastructure projects to the value of $45 million. I still use my HR skills, par ticularly communication, to keep projects moving and all stakeholders informed. While these skills do work to my advantage, some colleagues expect that because I work in infrastructure, I must LISA WRIGHT PROJECT MANAGER, ENERGEX «PROJECT MANAGEMENT IS A GREAT PROFESSION – IT’S YOUNG, DYNAMIC AND CONTINUALLY EVOLVING» have an engineering background. Demonstrating the value of the project ma nagement principles, while drawing on their technical expertise, has been the biggest challenge. Looking ahead, I would like to combine my HR experience and project management knowledge to work on change management projects. Project management is a great profession – it’s young, dynamic and continually evolving. I find it challenging and enjoyable and highly recommend it to young professionals looking for an exciting career. MARCUS DRABBLE CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATOR, JOHN HOLLAND GROUP I was first exposed to project management through the AIPM’s Promising Project Professionals special interest group, which provides support and a social network to under 35s from a variety of industries. Involvement in the group has given me a better understanding of the direction I want to take my career and how I can get there. I graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree and gained undergraduate work experience in both the public and private sectors. I am currently undertaking postgraduate study for a Masters of Project Management and Masters of Business Administration. I am interested in the challenges project management offers, which require strong problem solving skills and the performance of diverse duties. Project management also provides the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of a construction project. The best advice I can offer young professionals is to decide where you want to go in your career and then map out a rough career path. I also recommend being open about your goals and professional development wish list – employers can be very supportive in this respect. «DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO GO IN YOUR CAREER AND THEN MAP OUT A ROUGH CAREER PATH» IMAGESBYTOBYSCOTT+STUDIOCOMMERCIAL CAREER CENTRE
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