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Project Management Career Q&A – Kicking Off a Project Management Career

I am an international student recently completed an MA in International Business and Management. I have studied an introductory module in project management and am preparing to gain PRINCE2 certification. What advice would you offer to help kick off a career in project management in the UK or abroad? Project management is increasingly becoming a career of ‘first choice’ – meaning that people are looking to get into a project management role without much works experience whereas previously project management was a second career choice. Go [...]

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Spend £90 Become PRINCE2 Agile Foundation Qualified

April is a special month for anyone interested in the latest best practice guidance from the AXELOS stable. PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation has just been launched and April is the month where the certification is piloted with the project management marketplace. What does that mean for you? You can take the PRINCE2 Agile Foundation course online now, pay no examination fee and receive your certification, all for a price of £90. Tell me more If you want to find out more about the pilot, you can take a look at this overview from Logical Model – an [...]

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The PMO is Dead… Long Live the PMO!

In this guest post from Christopher Worsley at CITI he looks at one of my favourite subjects, the PMO. For those of you who have worked in this field I’m sure you’ll recognise some of the scenarios that can lead to the demise of a PMO. You may or may not agree with his thoughts around the PMO, ” it is a function not a department” or indeed that PMOs are binned because they become stakeholders. Have a read and let us know what you think. We regret to announce… The PMO is dead… long live the PMO! In 2008 over 89% of organisations [...]

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80% of Employers Have Challenges Finding Project Management Staff

That’s just one of the insights from the latest Project Management Benchmark Report – with many others also being shared at the last Project Challenge show in London by Arras People MD John Thorpe. Understanding Your Value in the PM Market John presented some of the highlights from the latest Report (you can download it here) alongside some of the recruitment challenges faced in project management today. In the presentation, John also shared some insights for those of you who are currently considering a change in your career – just a few [...]

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New to Project Management – No Experience!

I need a little advice; I changed my career path and decided on project management, I earned the CAPM because I don’t have formal experience – any suggestions on how to use transferable skills to my advantage? There are two main avenues to explore. The first is can you use your new-found knowledge about project management in your current position or elsewhere in your current organisation. It is worth exploring these two before deciding to try elsewhere externally. It really does depend on the current job you are doing but there are always [...]

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Linkedin and Project Manager Titles

What’s the best way to write a title on Linkedin? The place for your name and headline is the most important area on a Linkedin profile,  it’s what people see first in searches, in group comments and if you’re using your profile to apply for a new job. Make sure you use the character allowance wisely, it’s 120 now. Don’t just put your job title; add other great keywords that sum up you and your profile. Something like “Project Manager – Business Transformation | IT & Consultancy Services”. If you’ve been working for an [...]

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Getting Ready For a Project Management Job Change

I’m thinking about a change in job this year, is there anything I can be doing now in preparation? Like every good project professional you should start with a plan. Your plan should start with taking the time to get your resume up to date, then updating your Linkedin profile. Next you need to be thinking about what kind of opportunities you are looking for. It’s useful to carry out research on what is happening in the marketplace; who is sharing news about business growth, new strategies or innovations. Understand where the changes are [...]

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The Best Business Analyst Certifications to Enhance your Career

In this guest post, Simplilearn, a global training provider (who are also part of the Arras People training directory), provides an overview of the most popular Business Analyst certification courses in the UK. The business landscape today is a complex blend of money, technology, and management. As a company grows in size, ensuring that all three domains intersect and work in harmony become more and more difficult. To bring order to this chaos is where a Business Analyst enters. Business Analysts look and find the best way to do more with less [...]

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Is Your Project Management CV as Unique as You?

Data from this years Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report suggested that one of the key challenges for Project Management practitioners in 2018 will be “differentiating themselves in a crowded market”. Having read that, it has been interesting to see a proliferation of Project Management practitioners who are spending their hard-earned cash on making themselves into a “me too candidates” with the use of CV writing services. Reading as many CV’s as we do here at Arras People it is easy to pick up trends in the way that [...]

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The PMO Conference 2018

The PMO Conference is back in June this year, now in its fourth year, it’s THE conference for people who work, manage and lead PMO functions. The conference takes place on the 13th June in London and the full programme plus a new set of PMO Classes make up a three-day PMO fest. The programme and classes have just been released – there’s an Early Bird Rate and discounts available for taking up a combination of classes and attending the conference. Here’s an overview of what you can expect to enjoy when you sign up for the summer of PMO [...]

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