AUTHOR: Kiri Nowak

If there's any area to get into right now, it's project management. Those that possess more than your average PM skills will reap the rewards and benefit from working within a promising sector that's only going to get stronger. In fact, 'through the decade ending in 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created.'

That's promising news for budding project managers. This is a career that will offer plenty of growth and progression, but, in return, you'll have to do more to stand out.

In a sea of project managers it will be the ones with extra training and enthusiasm that make it to the shore first.

 

As well as hopefully an increase in salaries, PM's will also have choice of a wider breadth of sectors to work in. For example, in the US, the bigger sector in need of PM jobs is healthcare. And around the world, the leading sectors for these kind of roles includes manufacturing and construction, information services and publishing, finance and insurance and oil and gas.

 According to a 2018 Jobs Report, demand for project talent will keep rising.

There's evidence to show that 'demand for project managers over the next decade is growing faster than demand for workers in other occupations.'

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Hello skills gap

Because the demand for PM's is so high, there's a project management talent gap. Sure, employers will be hiring more, but they're struggling to hire people with the right skills. More than half of CEOs plan to increase headcount, they're having trouble finding the right skills, according to PwC's 2017 CEO Survey.

'As a result, the project talent of today and tomorrow is at the forefront of substantial opportunity. And there's an imperative to encourage more talent to enter the profession and narrow the talent gap.' PMI.org

In reality, there aren't enough high calibre candidates to fill all the available roles - hence the skills gap. So if you want to really rock it in the PM world, you're going to have to up your game. Sure, there are loads of jobs coming up, but don't you want to get your paws on the best roles???

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The PMI talent triangle

If you're wondering what general skills employers are really after, don't worry, we've found out for you. According to PMI.org, there's a thing called the PMI talent triangle, which comprises of three core skills: technical project management, leadership and strategic and business management. So if you're going to work on any skills, start with these.

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How to stand out

One of the best ways to boost your experience and avoid those cringeworthy project management fails and mistakes, is to up your training. Why not take a look at our online project manager training courses to get ahead of the game. Corporate project management training can help keep you up to speed and make your CV stand out.

 And speaking of your CV, it might be time to give it a good old polish up. Dig out your old CV and make sure it's up to date with all your latest skills and achievements. Companies are after above average candidates and innovative thinkers, and it's crucial to make sure your CV shows you've got something unique to offer.

 You might also want to think about specialising in a specific area of project management, rather than spreading your knowledge and trying to be a jack of all trades. This is a profession that's expected to grow by US$6.61 trillion, so you can bet that there will be some very well paid, uber niche PM roles up for grabs.

See also: The future of CVs blog

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