“There are few areas currently in IT that enjoy an over-abundance of candidates, however those in strongest demand are Project Managers with solid experience and understanding of methodologies…” Hays Information Technology Salary Survey 2005
Hays Personnel Services: Information Technology (May 2005) - includes ERP/CRM, development & analyst roles
The Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential has been named No. 4 in CertCities.com’s 10 Hottest Certifications for 2006.
Nevertheless, it is really important to recognise that a PRINCE2 or PMP course/certification and exam only covers about 15% of being a Project Manager, the other things you need to know and have experience in include, but not restricted to:
- Project Planning tools (Gantt, PERT, Critical Chain etc.);
- People Management skills (team-building, goal-setting, Power & Influence etc.);
- Meeting Management skills;
- Stakeholder Management skills; and
- Communication skills (NB Listening! not just outbound!).
WARNING: There are many accelerated (premium priced) certification courses available that guarantee you that by undertaking their course you will pass the appropriate certification tests. Note, if you do not have much background experience in project management, either from working in a team, or having received training in it, from experience I think you will struggle (Moreover of PMP you are unlikely to have the experience pre-requisite; Prince2 on the other hand does not have an experience pre-requisite. If your aim is to receive the training and then put it to use, with the qualification not being important, then find a more appropriate project management course. Consider if you are going to pay the amount required for these accelerated certification courses, the key reason for this training is to take the exam, pass it and gain the PM Certification.
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