So, you want to be a project manager?
Here’s what you need.
- Good computer skills
- Good at math
- Good communication skills
- An eye for detail
- Logical thinker
What do project managers do?
Project managers, also known as building supervisors, manage the construction process from start to finish. They are usually employed by licenced builders but are sometimes self employed and work as a consultant. Project managers need to be excellent communicators. They work with every person associated with the project from local governments, onsite and offsite trades, architects and designers, and don’t forget the customers.
How do I become a project manager?
Firstly, you will need to do some work experience so that you know what the job is about. If you think it’s for you, you can find an employer that is looking for a cadet project manager. Alternatively, you can go directly into training at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) such as TAFE and begin courses from certificate IV level right up to Advanced Diploma. Lots of project managers start out as apprentices in the construction industry and use their knowledge and experience to get a higher qualification and become a project manager
Once you are a project manager, you can work for small or large companies and move into supervising or management positions. You might even want to get a builders licence and start your own business. A qualified project manager is very employable and you may even be able to use your qualifications to work overseas.