Lindsay Scott is the director of program and
project management recruitment at Arras People
in London, England.
looking for an inexperienced employee to train.
Two, they use their previous work experience as a
door opener, such as when an accountant joins a
large program to manage the finances. Three, they
undertake a branching project.
Branching projects, such as volunteering, are
intermediate steps between the job you perform
now and the career you want. Community and
charity organizations are always looking for volunteers to help make projects happen. For a career
change into project management, branching projects can mean finding a way to use your project
management knowledge in your current position.
Just undertaking project management study can
often make you think differently about how you
can perform your current role better—and gives
you the opportunity to start using techniques and
processes. Branching projects don’t just allow for
an easier transition into project management—
they can also be a risk-free way to ensure that project management is really the career for you.
Q: I’m looking for new opportunities in different parts of the world. I have a few countries
I’m particularly interested in. How do I find out
what salary level I should be aiming for in different countries?
A: The trick is to think like a native. How do you
know your current salary level is right for the
country you work in now? You consider the sec-
tor you work in, the type of company you work
for, the experience you have and what the market
is like. All these conditions affect salary levels in
other countries too, so they’re an easy jumping-off
point for research.
Start with the resources at your fingertips. The
latest Salary Survey is available to PMI members;
it includes breakdowns for countries around the
world. Next, use your LinkedIn account to find
people in your network who are already in the
countries you are interested in.
Ask them to point you in the
direction of any local resources
that could be useful or, if you
know them well enough, ask for
their opinion on current conditions. Local job boards may give
you a sense of salary range, and
recruitment businesses and agencies are excellent sources for
understanding more about local
conditions. They could also help
you in finding the right position.
Don’t stop at salary, though.
When considering a practitioner
position in a new country, you
also need to understand the employment market
and regulations. Matters like holiday entitlements,
employment tax, healthcare and pensions can
all affect the total remuneration levels. Don’t be
caught up with what you think is the ideal salary
level only to find out that the cost of living is going
to leave you seriously out of pocket. Consider not
only thinking like a native but spending time in the
country before making the final commitment. PM
When considering a
in a new country...
don’t be caught up
with what you think
is the ideal salary
level only to find out
that the cost of living
is going to leave
you seriously out of
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