practitioners share their
stories of breaking into the
field, and succeeding in it.
BY RACHEL BERTSCHE
Young job candidates hammered by the still-linger-ing e;ects of the global economic crisis have been
;ocking to a booming profession: project management. ;ree in ;ve hiring managers say interest in
project management careers among younger job
applicants has grown over the past decade, according to PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® In-Depth Study:
Fortunately, a growing number of opportunities
await them: Between 2010 and 2020, 15. 7 million
new project management roles will be created globally across seven project-intensive industries, according to PMI’s Project Management Talent Gap Report.
Still, younger candidates wanting to break into the
;eld must learn how to convince hiring managers
they’ve got what it takes—and how to distinguish
themselves from the rest of the pack.
Four early-career project practitioners share how
they began their careers, o;ering practical insights
from the frontlines.