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What Skills Will Be Most Valuable for Project Professionals Seeking New Career Opportunities in a Shaky Economy?

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“The ability to develop and nurture strong and effective relationships with stakeholders. While it's important at all times, that ability is even more essential in the current environment. It ensures that project managers understand the problems they are trying to solve and that they can balance project scope with economic constraints.”

Heather Sulkers, senior director, enterprise project management office and clinical informatics, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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“The leadership ability to ensure the team delivers not just on whatever task was given to them, but that they also contribute to the success of the business benefit of the project.”

Darpana Vallabh, PMP, program manager, FNB, Johannesburg, South Africa

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“The ability to stick to project budgets and timelines, find more cost-efficient operating models and the agility to adapt to a changing environment will be critical for project managers during an economic slowdown.”

Anurag Garg, director, aerospace and defense leader, PMI Global Executive Council member PwC India, New Delhi, India

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“Diversifying your skill set. A project manager who can play multiple roles will stand a better chance to weather the economic downturn. Maybe you can double up as a business analyst or take on the additional responsibilities of a product manager. Quite often there is a continued need for process improvements within the operations or technology departments that could benefit from project management skills.”

Soumya Maitra, PMP, project manager, Fidelity Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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“If we see another economic downturn, companies will look to project managers who have a proven track record of efficiency and practical lean and agile experience. Managers will need to deliver the same results with fewer resources, as well as demonstrate strong project controls and budgeting skills.”

Steve Moore, PMI-SP, PMP, manager of scheduling and innovation support, Robins & Morton, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

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“Risk management is undoubtedly important. But that doesn't mean it's the only skill that will be sought after in a downturn. It's also important to be an expert in change management, in case the organization needs to embrace unexpected changes. Project team members capable of assuming different roles often stand a better chance of staying successful during the economic downturn.”

Edgar Bonilla Torres, PMP, project manager, Heliosolar Group, Bogotá, Colombia

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