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So you're interested in becoming a project manager but you're not
exactly sure what it's all about? Were here to help.
The simplest way to sum up project management work is that it's all
about managing available resources, finances and meeting deadlines.
As a "project" is generally defined as being a specific,
temporary endeavour that's undertaken to achieve planned objectives,
project management work these days can be found across a wide variety
of different industries.
If the idea of being a project manager appeals to you, there's a
couple of check boxes you might like to consider first to determine
that you have the right personal qualities. The biggies here are
strong leadership and communication skills, the ability to plan and
execute tasks to a deadline, problem-solving abilities and a strong
sense of responsibility - there's no passing the buck when you're a
It also helps to be persuasive, results-driven, resourceful, a
creative thinker and reasonably thick-skinned, especially in high
Often people who set out to work in project management find that the
biggest hurdle can be the catch-22 situation of experience. Or rather,
a lack of it. If this is the case, emphasise your ideal project
manager-esque skills on your resume. It also helps to include
voluntary work, team sports and any other organisations you belong to.
All of this will indicate to a prospective employer that, although you
may have limited (or no) actual project management experience, you
have many of the personal attributes that will make you a successful
A general Project Manager earns an average salary of AU$91,847 per
year according to recent stats from payscale.com.
Income can vary slightly on experience, similar to the majority of
career areas. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are
Operations Management, Change Management, Engineering Design, and
Contract Management. Entry level Project Managers can still earn an
impressive 90k+ salary. The graph below will give you further insight
into how experience can effect your paycheck.
Nearly every business will require a project manager at some stage of
their development. Regardless of your experience, having a solid
qualification under your belt will definitely work in your favour when
up against other candidates. Whether you currently have a role as a
project manager and need to boost your knowledge or you wish to start
a new career in project management, below are some courses we offer
that are designed to advance your career.
IV in Project Management Practice is a great start as it has no
entry requirements, and qualifies you for a whole range of career
opportunities such as contracts officer, estimator and scheduler,
project administrator or analyst and quality operator. The Certificate
IV also provides a pathway to the Diploma
in Project Management, which qualifies you as a project manager,
in either a generic or industry-specific context. Both of these
courses are available through TAFE NSW
Project management work can be hugely challenging but often immensely
rewarding. Some would even say invigorating. If you have all (or many)
of the necessary personal qualities, do yourself a favour and explore
the idea further. It may be the best thing you ever do for your career.