Where will you be in 3 to 5 years? If you have an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer networking or computer engineering you might be building networks and computers, or coding programs. And, while you might find the work satisfying, you might be starting to wonder if there is something more; something with more responsibility and a higher salary. Because, often times, even the very best programmers can find themselves stuck in a rut if they lack the managerial and project management skills they need to advance in their careers.
Undergraduate programs in technology don’t always provide basic managerial and project management training. But, today’s project managers must learn how to manage people (team members and stakeholders), deliver projects on-time and within the constraints of a budget, which are skills that take time and experience to develop.
The discipline of project management teaches how to manage the triple constraints of scope, time and cost. Project managers work collaboratively with their team and give them the vision of the project’s intended final outcome. A project manager leads with a common project vision and empowers and assists their project teams, in order to make each team as effective as possible.
Could this be you? If you are ready to advance in your career, and you would like to develop skills that will complement your technical knowledge and experience, you might want to consider an advanced degree in project management. At Wentworth, our program includes courses that are especially well-suited to those in a technology environment including Global and Virtual Project Management, Troubled Projects, Agile Project Management and Managing ERP systems. Wentworth is proud to offer one of the only Master’s of Science in Project Management degrees with a strategic focus, which is strongly recommended by the Project Management Institute (PMI.)
Don’t wonder if there’s something more; do something about it, today. And be sure to check back here in the coming weeks for a list of the 7 most important qualities you should look for in a Project Management degree program.
Hollis Greenberg, PMP, CSM is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology.