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To change my career as Project Manager

Kavisha Paranamana
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I have one year experience as a java software developer. I have two IT bachelors too in addition to my SCJP and SCWCD. I would like to change my career path from developer to project manager. What I want to know is whether I can find a job as project manager without having work experience in that field? I would like to start as an intern or training position. Despite my interests in project management, how do you see this career switch? I appreciate your views and advices about them.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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I don't know of an "intern" project manager position. Typically people become project managers after they have some experience in development. Try to look for leadership positions in your job as a developer. Lead a task or an an intern or something.


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Manikandan Swaminathan
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To be frank, i am really surprised by your intention to become project manager that too with 1+ years of experience
I would like to suggest you to check the following before going forward in this

1. Why suddenly interested in project manager - that too at this point of time in your career?
2. Do you have sound technical skills combined with excellent oral & written communication skills in english?
3. How many projects have you worked till now in your career? (How many end to end implementations have you seen?)
4. Have you interacted with clients across the globe at any time?

Please make sure you have the required skills before aspiring for that particular position. I am afraid you still have a long way to go.
Typically in any Indian IT services company, career growth would be as

Fresher (0 - 1yr) --> Software Engineer (1 - 3yrs) --> Senior Software engg (3 - 5yrs) --> Tech lead (5 - 8yrs) --> Proj Manager (8 - 10yrs)

I would advice you as of now to concentrate on learning technically and after 7 or 8 years, decide for yourself whether you want to be a project manager or technical architect kind of role you want.

PS: Being a project manager is NOT AN EASY TASK as presumed by many - From my personal experience.
Sorry if i was bit blunt in my reply..

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Kavisha Paranamana
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Thank you Jeanne and Manikandan for your replies.

Manikandan Swaminathan wrote:Why suddenly interested in project manager - that too at this point of time in your career?

It's just the interest - I'm interesting in management, that's why I'm thinking to shift my career.

I know some people who have directly stepped in as project managers without having any technical backgrounds - even on overseas positions. How do you think they made that happen? Are there some certification-kind qualifications that would make people 'qualified' to directly step in as project managers without having any experience at all?
Henry Wong
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Kavisha Paranamana wrote:
It's just the interest - I'm interesting in management, that's why I'm thinking to shift my career.

I know some people who have directly stepped in as project managers without having any technical backgrounds - even on overseas positions. How do you think they made that happen? Are there some certification-kind qualifications that would make people 'qualified' to directly step in as project managers without having any experience at all?



First of all, project managers and managers (of contributors) are not the same -- just pointing it out, in case you are interested in the other type of management.


There are indeed, certifications in project management. Years ago, I looked into the Six Sigma program at my company -- didn't get accepted though. There are many other types of these certifications -- perhaps you can look to see if your company is using one of them.

Henry


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Kavisha Paranamana
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Thanks Henry.
I am looking forward just to enhance my future career. Are there some certifications or whatever, that would boost me up from where I am now (in developer backgrounds), to be able to step in as a project manager of a software company in future? What are your advices for me considering where I am now, and where I want to go?
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Kavisha Paranamana wrote:I know some people who have directly stepped in as project managers without having any technical backgrounds - even on overseas positions. How do you think they made that happen? Are there some certification-kind qualifications that would make people 'qualified' to directly step in as project managers without having any experience at all?

Presumably they had some sort of background on projects though? It doesn't have to be technical, but it is tough to be a project manager without having seen a project through.
Monica. Shiralkar
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First think about being technically strong in what you are currently doing. First be a good software engineer ,good leader-mentor, then think about being project manager.
Arshiya Dixit
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Hi, though there are certifications that you can add in your resume for project management but relevant work experience will make you grow in your career. You can go for entry level project management certifications first such as CAPM or PRINCE2 or you can go for PMP certification after you gain 3 years of work experience. Visit http://www.simplilearn.com/project-management to know more about the project management certifications.
 
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