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Changing Sectors in Project Management

Many Project Management practitioners consider changing sectors at some point in their career with the most common reasons including: To broaden their experience and skill set To increase their earning capacity To follow up a passion they have for a certain sector or domain To avoid an economic downturn in their current sector Like all change, moving from a situation where you have lots of knowledge and experience to one where you don’t can appear daunting, but it should not be impossible. Despite many organisations and recruiters focussing [...]

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Contractor to Agency Worker

With the proposed Off-Payroll Worker April 2020 legislation still on the cards, one of the consequences that many project management practitioners will face is the prospect of losing their status as a Contractor and becoming an Agency Worker! This change in status will be part of a package of blows that project management practitioners who currently work through a PSC (Personal Services Company) will face if they are deemed to be IN-Scope of the legislation come April 2020. Their PSC (Limited Company) will become redundant if the pattern seen [...]

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Project Q&A: Getting Your Mojo Back

After five years of minimal pay rises and development opportunities, I feel I’ve become stagnated and unmotivated in my role. How can I get my “mojo” back? You’re not alone, many project practitioners (and others in the world of work) find it hard to remain enthusiastic in their current positions when they feel under rewarded with no promotion or progression opportunities on the horizon. The way I see it is you have two options – stay and explore how to make the best of the current opportunity, or look to move on and find a new [...]

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Is Project Management Really an Ageing Profession?

Over recent years Project Management has gained a reputation for having an ageing population. This was one of the statistics that caught my eye recently when I was looking over the 2019 PMBR. As you can see by the figure below the percentage of 50 to 59 is 36%. By far the largest age group of practitioners in the UK. If we compare this from previous years of the PMBR we can see the practitioner pool is getting older year on year (see: Age Demographic of UK Project Management Practitioners figure below) Traditionally project management has [...]

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Writing a Great PMO CV

We started off down a path to finding a great PMO role, so far we’ve looked at what it is you’re actually selling in the employment market and then we’ve started with the background prep we need to do before starting to write a CV. Both of these steps are crucial if we want to find a great PMO role – without them we’ll just be making application after application without really understanding the chance we have in landing one of those roles. You’ll be scattergunning your CV all over town and getting more wound up that you’re not [...]

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How do the April 2020 Off-Payroll Changes Affect You?

Despite many objections and predictions of gloom and disruption there are (at this time) to be no changes to the timetable announced by the previous Chancellor during the Budget in October 2018; as such the latest Off-Payroll legislation will come into force, as scheduled, in April 2020. The proposed legislation will bring the Private sector into line with the Public sector (level the playing field) in terms of how Off-Payroll workers roles will need to be classified as either In or Out of Scope of the legislation. Once determined, by the [...]

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Get the ‘Right’ Project Controls & Enterprise Programme Management You Want

Project management consultancy Dada Enterprises has released a copy of the webinar it presented on designing the ‘right’ Project Controls Solutions for an organisation. Although the benefits of an effective Cost Management system are well known too often most companies rely on a hotchpotch of legacy systems with manual re-entry of data in different systems with excel being relied upon to cut-and-paste integrated reports together. The default position being that companies work around enterprises systems which few understand and are trapped [...]

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How Will a Project Management Course Help My Career?

A project management course can be a game-changer in your career, whether you are in the project management industry or simply managing projects within your role. Here we look at some of the simple questions that arise when people are embarking on or considering a project management qualification. What Project Management courses are there… and which one should I choose? The answer to this question is wholly dependant on who you ask.  Project management approaches broadly cover two types of approach and sometimes a combination of the [...]

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Project Management Q&A: Networking for Opportunities

I’ve been a longtime freelance project manager, but I’ve always had difficulty networking to help land new opportunities. Any advice? All freelance project practitioners should engage in some form of networking at least once a week, even if they’re currently working. This helps develop a pipeline of opportunity, rather than the “feast to famine” many freelancers experience. Social sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter have changed the way that you can keep in touch with your network and possibly extend it; allowing freelancers [...]

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Project Managers – London Calling

Is London still calling project managers in 2019? As you can see from the image below (data taken from the latest PMBR) the answer is yes. The title of The Clash hit from 1979 would still appear to be true when it comes to Project Management in the UK. 28% of the respondents of the PMBR work in London, double that of the next highest region. The south coast and Midlands are still strong however the North West, Yorkshire and Scotland are lagging behind (click here to see the full results). When the work location data is analysed by engagement [...]

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