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Project Skills Newsletter Issue #13 - How To Break Into A Project Management Career If You’re In PMO
February 10, 2015

Hi there,

Welcome to Issue #13 of my Project Skills Newsletter. I hope you enjoy this issue!

A lot of my readers are currently in a Project Management Office (PMO) and are PMO Coordinators. They help the Project Manager develop project status reports, calculate project financials, plan meetings, manage resource plans and so forth.

Many of them ask me how they can transition into a project management career.

They say "Since I’m already doing project tracking and documentation, can’t I just naturally move into project management?"

Well, in my opinion, moving from a PMO Coordinator role directly into project management is tough.
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2. More Articles

A list of 5 essential duties of a project manager
A list of 5 essential duties of a project manager, useful for those new to project management as a discpline.

How to understand the banking domain?
Learn how you can understand the banking domain - useful for business analysts or IT professionals who work in banking projects.

What does a test manager do?
Learn what a test manager does and see if it is the right career path for you.

Essential bank domain knowledge for IT professionals
Some essential bank domain knowledge and background for IT professionals.

10 tips to be a team player at work
This article describes 10 tips for you to become a team player at work. Project teams need a “team player” attitude so that they can deliver on time and on budget.

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3. Tip of the Week

My tip of the week is to continuously upgrade yourself.

You know, the corporate world today is very different from what is was just ten years ago.

In the early 2000s, when I first started work, you'd be paid a handsome salary if you knew how to do computer programming, etc. in Java.

That is no longer true today. What you see today is programming jobs being outsourced, salaries coming down and competition for jobs getting stiffer.

And not just in computer programming - other areas like finance, accounting, even doctors and lawyers have their share of competition.

In short, it's just that much harder to stand out in the workforce these days.

If you want to stand out in the workplace, you need to up skill yourself.

Don't just know programming. Know how to program algorithmic trading systems. Or collateral management systems.

Don't just know project management. Know how to project manage core banking projects, or treasury system implementations.

Don't just know basic medicine. Specialize in neurosurgery or geriatrics.

Case in point - myself. I graduated as an engineer, but learnt computer programming, business analysis, then project management. I took a Master of Science in Financial Engineering and learnt about the banking industry.

You catch the drift. Nothing stays the same except change. If you continuously upgrade yourself, you will find yourself more valuable in the market, with more job opportunities and better pay!

How To Start A Project Management Career

Are you wondering how to break into a Project Management?

Would you like to understand how others have successfully switched to a PM career?

Or discover what skills, certifications and domain / industry knowledge are required to excel in a PM role?

I’ve written a practical, easy-to-read guidebook that will help you find your best path to Project Management – one that leverages your unique skills, experiences and career background to your advantage.

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Final Thoughts

I hope you all have a great week ahead! For those of you who are celebrating the Lunar New Year, here's wishing you all the best as you prepare for the festivities! Also, if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.


Very Respectfully,
Gary Tan
Author, Project Manager & Business Analyst

P.S. Check out my tips and resources for the PM and BA.


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