Project Management Institute

A fresh take

A new generation of project managers is arriving on the scene. And these young professionals are armed with a well-developed combination of technical and communication skills. This article discusses how young project professionals can develop successful careers. In doing so, it identifies the next generation's strengths and shortcomings; it describes techniques that can help these young professionals develop the skills they need to succeed. It discusses the defining factors of young project managers, noting how one particular project manager builds support with her project teams. It then explains the benefits--particularly for younger project managers--of obtaining professional certification. Accompanying this article are two sidebars: The first overviews the process of building a career as a project manager; the second looks at the merits and the demands of mentoring, for both newer and more established project managers.
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