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Project Manager

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  • £20,000 estimated starting salary
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If you’re obsessed with your diary and have a strong attention to detail, then becoming a Project Manager could be the perfect career move for you.

As a Project Manager, you will manage every aspect of the project from start to finish, working to a series of pre-determined goals and objectives.

Although specific responsibilities vary from industry to industry, the role of a Project Manager will include the following:

  • Executing, monitoring, controlling and closing a project
  • Creating and implementing schedules to meet deadlines
  • Cost estimation and budget development
  • Team structuring and resourcing
  • Performing quality assurance
  • Managing and mitigating risk 

To become a Project Manager you will need to be able to lead a team, so superior management skills, and the ability to motivate and delegate tasks is essential. You will also be able to work well under pressure, always striving to meet the objectives of the client. 

Other key skills include:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Excellent time management   
  • Great organisational skills – scheduling, planning etc  
  • A strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills      

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What's it like to be a Project Manager?

The best part of my job is seeing a project from the initial planning stages through to its conclusion. Having responsibility for so many areas of work can seem daunting, and does require a fair amount of compromise, but I really enjoy it. All you need is the right training, and to assemble a good team around you. There’s nothing like seeing a good plan come together.

Get qualified

It is not a necessary requirement to have a degree to become a Project Manager. However, it is recommended to have some qualifications specific to the industry.

PRINCE2® Foundation

PRINCE2® Foundation is a structured project management method, endorsed by the UK Government, and perfect for entry level candidates.

PRINCE2® Foundation

MA Applied Project Management

Looking to take the next step in your project management career? Differentiate yourself from your peers with a part-time QA Executive Master’s MA in Applied Project Management.

MA Project Management

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