Where could a Diploma in Project Management take you?
Contemplating a career change? Wondering how to get out of a rut in your current field? A Diploma in Project Management could be right for you. If you’re a team player, a great communicator, and a diplomatic organiser who likes supporting others, chances are you’ll thrive in project work.
Having a Diploma in Project Management means you have the skills and background knowledge to hit the ground running in a project management role. In other words, you don’t have to do a lot of workplace training to get up to speed with what’s expected of you. This is very attractive for employers and clients who don’t have the time or resources to train new people for project responsibilities.
Opportunities in your current workplace
Your first step might not be managing a huge, long term project. In fact, you might end up stepping sideways before you step up. With a Diploma, you can show your current bosses that you have what it takes to lead teams for shorter, one-off projects. For example, you might manage the installation of new computer systems, or supervise a site move, or take charge of a new shop fitout. Have a look at the kind of one-time projects that happen in your workplace. Could you see yourself stepping up and leading them?
Project management roles
As a full-time project manager, you can use your organisation and coordination skills in a range of different industries. Virtually any project work with more than a few stakeholders can benefit from a project manager who knows what’s going on at all times. You can get a sense of the variety of roles by hopping on a job search site and entering ‘project manager’. You’ll find PM roles in areas from construction and infrastructure to IT, hospitality and retail. As a bonus, project managers are usually well paid. Government stats suggest that project managers make roughly $86,000-$179,000 per year .
Further study options
The Diploma of Project Management is highly practical and industry-based, but it’s also designed to get you ready for further study. Once you’ve got the Diploma under your belt, you’ll be better prepared to study project management at university level. Some universities will even offer course credit or advanced standing if you have a Diploma of Project Management, cutting down your study time and costs. Just make sure to check with your preferred uni/s before you enrol.
To find out more about the doors that a Dip. PM. will open for you, call Monarch Institute today on 1300 738 955.