Many jobs require certification
When looking for roles, many jobseekers will find that certification in a project management method is a prerequisite for many jobs
.The most popular method in the UK is PRINCE2, widely renowned as the method of choice amongst organisations across all industries and seen as a standard in the public sector.As the two-tier PRINCE2 Foundation
and PRINCE2 Practitioner
qualifications are prerequisites for many project management positions, getting a PRINCE2 certification
is certainly a step in the right direction.
How do I get in?
Although becoming PRINCE2 certified will provide a boost to your CV, getting a project management job can require several years of experience within a technical role appropriate to the project.
If you are taking your first steps into project management, there are a growing number of junior and trainee project management roles available, as well as graduate internships, which can all give you a solid starting point in which to work your way up.It is also possible to gain relevant experience by working in an administrative position within a project team.Working in project support gives you an excellent insight into the way project managers work and gives you a lot of experience in working on actual projects.If you are finding it tough to get into an entry-level project role, boosting a CV that lacks practical experience can be done by gaining project management certification
, and you can always add relevant experience from your personal life.
The most widely used project management method in the UK is PRINCE2, so becoming familiar with the terminology, principles and structure of this methodology will make any candidate stand out for a project support role.Knowledge of project management software such as MS Project can also prove to employers
that you are equipped with the practical skills needed for the role.
Remember – all skills count
If you have no formal ‘on the job’ experience in projects, why not take inspiration from your personal life?Remember that time you expertly planned a fund-raising event for charity, or when you managed your sister’s wedding? Add it to your CV.Experience can also be gained from getting involved in voluntary work, such as conservation projects, voluntarily teaching people new skills or planning fundraising events.By taking on projects outside of the formal business environment, you are still gaining the vital experience and skills needed for the role, as well as providing a boost to your CV.