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Project Management Q&A: How Can I Be Proactive About My Job Uncertainty?

I am concerned that the project I am currently managing will be cancelled due to reprioritisation of my organization’s portfolio because of the pandemic, I think it will lead to my redundancy. What can I be doing to be proactive about the situation? You need to be calling on your network right now – both internally within your organization and externally to previous colleagues and contacts. When we’re in a situation like this we can feel helpless and not in control so we need to work to reverse this, by making plans and considering our [...]

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Project Management Training – Shifting from Classroom to Computer

Training has always been an important part of working as a project professional. Training presents a prime opportunity to expand the knowledge base of all project professionals. If we follow the 70-20-10 rule we know that 10% of our development should come in the form of formal training. It can be easy for individuals or organisations to come up with reasons why we shouldn’t pursue formal training, such as cost or time taken away from the office to complete. But the advantages far outweigh the negatives: Improves job performance Improves [...]

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Learning Styles for Project Managers

Gone are the days where the learning theories of Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic (VAK) dominated – that some of us learn better when there are lots of visuals to see, or we prefer to hear others talking or lecturing or have to immerse ourselves in an experience to touch or move. Models like these are considered to be too simplistic. Today there are many updated learning styles based on advances in neuroscience research which coincides with the many different ways we have available to us to learn. 2020 has been the year where there have been [...]

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Webinar: Project Management as a Career

On the 17th November John Thorpe will be delivering a webinar entitled: Project Management as a Career, in association with the British Computer Society BCS. This session is aimed at members of the BCS (and other interested individuals) who are currently progressing a technical career track, whilst wondering what career options they may have in the future. Many SME’s come to a fork in the road as their career progresses and project management may be an option that allows them to remain in their chosen domain whilst expanding their people and [...]

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UK Recruitment Shows Signs of Life

After what seems like an eternity (4 months and 4 weeks) since the UK went into lockdown there appears to be a consensus that the UK recruitment market has finally started showing signs of life. Whilst the overall number of vacancies still decreased for temporary and permanent positions the pace of the decline has eased markedly (KPMG and REC report on jobs) “With the economy opening up through June and July, we would expect an improving trend in the coming months as firms recover from the worst of the crisis” – Neil Carberry, Chief [...]

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The wrong kind of Project Manager!

The latest monthly UK Report on Jobs from KPMG and REC** published today indicates that whilst the job market remains significantly impacted by the effects of Coronavirus; there has been a bounce back from the depths seen in the immediate aftermath of the lockdown during June. As can be seen in the figure below, activity levels across the UK recruitment sector for both Permanent and Temporary have been significantly hit for the last four months from their pre-COVID 19 levels. Whilst the general picture of the market is always interesting as [...]

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Recruitment Realities in a Covid-19 World

Last week (1st July) John Thorpe was invited to speak on PMO Flashmob’s weekly virtual networking session PMO Working From Home. The theme of the week was recruitment, and Johns presentation: Recruitment Realities in a Covid-19 World focusses on looking back at the 2008 recession and lessons we can learn from it, assessing the current situation we are in now, as well as making some predictions for the future as we hopefully continue to come out of lockdown. You can view the 10-minute presentation below. John was also present throughout the [...]

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IR35 in the private sector – Update

Whilst many contractors celebrated the decision postpone the implementation of IR35 Off-Payroll Working changes earlier in the year; the legislation is slowly creeping through the Houses of Parliament as part of the Finance Bill, ready for implementation in April 2021. The changes passed Committee Stage last week and will be heard at Report Stage within the next two weeks so the delay is looking to be exactly that, despite the ongoing criticism of lobbying organisations such as the IPSE, APSCo and Contractor UK. The progress of the bill also [...]

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Learning Project Management Lessons from: The Last Dance

Netflix’s latest sports documentary: The Last Dance, is amassing millions of views and also stellar ratings from its wide-ranging audience. So, if you have an interest in sports, both individual and team, I would definitely recommend giving it a watch. I also believe that the series should resonate with project management professionals as the documentary delves into the mindset of Michael Jordan, to uncover how the mind of one of the greatest winners in sport works. And there are lessons to be learned. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work One of [...]

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How to Ace Your Virtual Project Management Interviews

With the world of remote working now the “new normal” for many of us who were used to working in offices; it feels like an age ago since we were able to work face to face with our colleagues, hang out around the water cooler or drop by a colleagues desk for a catch-up. If your new world feels tough, spare a thought for those who are currently looking for a new role, their challenges have increased significantly in the new on-line world. Anyone who is currently on the hunt for a new role will know that it is very competitive in terms of [...]

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