ties increasing rapidly—the only country projected
to add more practitioner positions this decade is
China—Ms. Singh knew she’d found her career
path. This year, she completed an MBA in project
management and telecommunications and began
training at IndusInd Bank in Mumbai to become
a project coordinator. It’s a growing field in India
across sectors, Ms. Singh says. “That made me even
more inclined toward the field,” she says. “If, later
on, I want to change my industry from telecommunications to something else, I can.”
To land a project management position, young
candidates must demonstrate both passion and
professional expertise. Organizations often look for
credentials, certifications or degrees to assuage any
doubts that a younger applicant is ready for signifi-
After his internship, Mr. Steele, who earned an
undergraduate degree in computer science, decided to
pursue a project management certificate at the Uni-
versity of California at Irvine, California, USA. While a
student there, he applied for entry-level project prac-
titioner positions—unsuccessfully. His luck changed
after a mentor told him about CAPM certification.
Shortly after completing the University of California
program in 2012, Mr. Steele earned the CAPM as
well. “I really started hearing back from companies,” he
says. “I was given a lot more opportunities.”
Ms. Stefan learned the same lesson while try-
ing to launch her project management career at
Oracle, a computer technology company. “When I
was a software support engineer at Oracle, I applied
Workers under 25 are
than their older peers
to be unemployed.
OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Career novices face a daunting employment landscape—but see a growing demand
for project management skills.
Sources: International Labour Organization, U. S. Department of Labor, PwC, PMI
Value of projected growth in the project management
profession between 2010 and 2020
13. 4 million positions
are projected to be created in just 10 fast-growing countries, including China, Brazil
and India, between 2010 and 2020.
1. 6 million
new project management positions are projected to be created
globally each year between 2010 and 2020.
64% of CEOs
plan to prioritize building a skilled
project management workforce
over the next three years.
The unemployment rate for U.S.
residents aged 20-24 in March
2015—nearly twice the overall
rate of 5. 5 percent
The number of youth worldwide looking for work