University Campuses Who You’re After: Smart, eager talent fluent in project management theory
Many universities with project management courses and professional accreditation
programs are fertile grounds for talented project
managers-in-the-making, says Ms. Hercouët.
“We usually hire recent university graduates for
a first-level, operational project management office
(PMO) position where they’re consolidating data
or updating different documents,” she says. “When
we look outside our company for freshly accredited
students who have no experience but are ready to
work, university campuses are a great way to build
Get Them Up and Running: “Hiring an individual fresh
out of university can sometimes be the best choice,
but ideally it’s a supporting role, working with someone who will give them an overview and oversight,”
says Mr. Suchoza.
For Ms. Batara, guaranteeing a good transition
our company for freshly accredited students
happens before the new grad is officially hired. “We
have college students intern over the summer,” she
says. “That’s been a great way for us to get a sense
of their talent before hiring them on.”
PMI’s Pulse of the Profession In-Depth Report:
Talent Management found that workers less than
35 years old are more receptive to training; 51
percent of organizations reported that training
methods are most successful in that demographic.
That’s good news for organizations looking to
build young talent quickly. One potential area
for improvement is in tailoring training for those
younger workers. Only 13 percent of respondents
said their training program is customized for spe-
cific ages or generational groups.
but are ready to work, university campuses
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A deep dive into talent data, from PMI’s Pulse of the
Profession In-Depth Report: Talent Management.
Measuring the Talent Gap
Organizations report that in the past 12 months,
talent scarcity has negatively impacted their
growth and profitability by
66% of organizations
named technical skills as the most
difficult area to fill positions.
Organizations report that training is most needed in
Organizations successful in developing high-performing teams are
more likely than other organizations to...
Have formal training for project management
Have formal training for program management
Have formal training for portfolio management
Train in soft skills
Have a mentoring program for new hires
Use workshops for new hires
Use classroom courses for new hires