CAR E E R I N A C T I O N I started as a mechanical design engineer in the oil industry in Saudi Arabia. After I came to Ambitech Engineering as a project engineer in 2007, I started to lay the groundwork to become a project manager. It’s a big leap because project managers often have to lead multicultural teams and are on the hook for successes and failures. I worked to earn the respect of my co-workers and manager. I took on more responsibility and expanded my project management knowledge base by reading and by attending PMI seminars. I reached out to other practitioners in the sector and learned from them.
I also made myself more useful to the
company, going beyond managing the
triple constraints to improve team dynamics and workflow processes. We handled
oil-refinery shutdown projects in the range
of US$100 million, and brought costs
down by using shared resources and doing
some tasks in parallel that traditionally
were done one after the other.
I was fortunate to have a good mentor,
a vice president at the company. I let him
know what my limits were and he was able
to guide me with technical experience as
well as soft skills, like dealing with clients
and work-related stress.
In 2011, I made the formal leap from
project engineer to project manager, which
came with a salary hike. Now I’m leading
teams and handling projects that range
from US$1 million to US$100 million.
I also got the PMP® credential, which
shows you take project management
seriously. It provided a strong foundation,
helping me extend my knowledge and
delve deeper into the discipline.
In your career, things don’t just happen.
You have to look for opportunities, strat-egize and then work hard to achieve them.”
—Imtiaz Javed, PMP, project manager,
Ambitech Engineering, Chicago, Illinois, USA