• Why Project Management?

    Project Management is a Fast Growing Profession

    Military experience often translates into Project Management experience

    Project Management Institute (PMI) research indicates that between 2010 and 2020:

    • 15.7 million new project management roles will be created globally across project-intensive industries.
    • The U.S. anticipates double-digit growth (more than 12%) in demand for project management practitioners, resulting in almost 6.2 million jobs in 2020.
    • Now is the right time to explore project management as your next career.

     

    Military Project Management Get Started 

    Project Management: A Fast Growing Profession

    • PMI research identifies the project management profession as one of the fastest growing careers in the world. Project managers are highly valued in virtually all sectors.
    • Project Managers are in Demand
    • In our project-driven world, more organizations are recognizing the value of having a skilled workforce to deliver successful projects and business outcomes.
    • Some of these same organizations also acknowledge hiring military veterans with project management expertise as an essential strategy for maintaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
    • A career in project management can be very rewarding. This profession enables you to hone your skills as a leader or manager.
    • In addition, according to PMI research, the average annual private sector salary for project managers in the United States is US $105,000.

     

    Military Experience Translates to a Successful Project Manager

    • You already have experience in “operationalizing” projects. Additionally, your strong “warrior ethos” – the mission is always first, never accept defeat, never quit, and never leave a fallen comrade – is appealing and can lead to organizational success.
    • Leading cross-functional teams to ensure accomplishment of mission objectives is a great strategic leadership skill
    • Managing budgets and scheduling activities are important technical skills
    • Conflict mediation and performance appraisal are critical soft skills.

     

    Military Project Management Get Started

    • Check out PMI.org (Project Management Institute) website
    • The Professional Development courses help to improve your skill set, increase your value in an organization and enhance your career prospects through in-person and online training. PMI’s Career Central is an information hub for knowledge, connections, employment opportunities and resources to empower your career.
    • Find a local chapter to meet other Project Managers to get a better feel for this career path.

    • Military support agencies are available to assist with this career transition. 

    For more information about transitioning from military to a Project Manager, contact the PMI Northeast Florida Chapter Military Liaison

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    “Many veterans have project management experience – just under a different name. The challenge is in the translation and repackaging of their skill sets so that hiring managers spot their skills. Mission-related often translates to ‘projectized,’ and the government and military are highly projectized environments, which make many veterans a natural fit for the project management world.”

    ~Mark Langley, PMI President and CEO