AUTHOR: Saima Omar

Your average project manager has so many plates of various sizes spinning at so many alternative speeds that it leaves us dizzy.

How is it that they manage to oversee so many different elements and deliver them so seamlessly on target and on brand, within budget and a day early? Where do they get this super power?

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You might think it comes naturally to them, but it likely doesn’t. Sure, there needs to be a basic level of organisation, but we bet that a proper project management course could teach you how to deliver entire projects in an easy, timely manner. Before you know it, you’ll be project managing your entire life.

Here are our top reasons why you should take a project management course.

Because we all need more time

 How many times a day do you wish there were more hours to play with? When someone asks you how you are, how often do you reply, “Busy”?

We all get the same amount of time across a day, but why is it that some people seem to be able to achieve so much more than others? We all know a Sharon or Susie from the schoolyard, who somehow manages to work fulltime, keep a tidy house, take her kids to after school activities, and find time for her own personal passions.

Sharon is not a wizard, she’s just learned the art of project management. She treats her entire schedule like a massive project, sets effective deadlines, and risk manages like a pro, all of which you would be able to do to if you took a project management course.

 

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BECAUSE IT’S USEFUL FOR EVERYTHING

The tips you learn from project management courses will serve you in all aspects of your life. Have a big project to deliver at work? No problem. Need to clean your inbox out before the end of the week? Easy. Have a friend whose overwhelmed with wedding preparation? You’ve got this.

Project management won’t just help you in the office, it will help you out in all aspects of your life. Basic project management skills will help you out everywhere. There is no situation to big or too complicated for the tips and tricks you’ll learn. They’ll make your whole life easier and more organised.

 

THE COUNTRY NEEDS PROJECT MANAGERS

People with project management skills are a valuable asset. Companies always need them, so if you’re thinking about professional development, this is a sensible way to go.

In the UK, only 37% of teams reported completing projects on time more often than not. The whole country is basically running late. There’s a real need out there for people with good project management skills.

The average base pay for a project manager in the UK is £41,910 per year, way above the average UK salary of £27,600.

If you’re considering a change of career or if you're a student trying to decide which path to take for your career, project management is a good way to go. At the time of writing this article, there were over 28,000 job vacancies for project managers being advertised in London alone. In these times of uncertainty, project management is a relatively safe career choice. Our blog on realising your career dreams might help you.

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YOU’LL LEARN TO BE FLEXIBLE

We’ve all seen carefully laid plans go horribly awry through no fault of our own. Kids birthday parties, web launches, flights abroad; there are multiple opportunities in all scenarios for things to go terribly wrong.

A project management course will teach you to adapt. You’ll learn how to spot potential risks in advance and develop contingency plans, so that you’re never caught short ever again. You’ll learn how to think quickly, and develop new strategies off the back of old, failed ones. You’ll learn how to stay calm, and recognise that there is always a solution.

So the next time the internet gives up on the day your major proposal is due in, you’ll have already identified in advance where the nearest library is and be on your way there in a jiffy.

There is nothing more precious than time. If you can gain some back, then you most definitely should. A project management course will help you do that, across all aspects of your work and home life. It’ll be the best investment in yourself you’ve ever made.

Chat with one of our project management career consultants today about how you can advance your career and your life with a project management course.

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