I am curious how many project managers earned or took their start in the career field. How would I get my career start in becoming a project manager down the road?
What are good jobs or opportunities to start in, to build that knowledge base and job experience for a recent college graduate?
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Experienced project managers can make between $50K - $100K+, but to get there you need to work toward getting a certification through PMI.org. (This requires considerable experience managing projects)
Typically an entry level position as a project coordinator is a great place to start. True project managers follow the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and then modify it as necessary for the project and the organization.
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The best way to get information is to talk to people in the field and make personal connections. A good way to do that is to locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people in that career are belong. Here is a site that will help with that:
Here are some tips on getting helpful information:
If you are in college or in high school, talk to the person who is in charge of alumni relations to locate and talk to graduates of your school who are working in the field to get information and create relationships. With the common bond of attending the same school, you will be able to gather helpful information.
Best of luck!