pmStudent Mailbag – Project Management Career Advice

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I am a graphic designer in Croatia with 6 years of work experience and a BS in information systems from the US university (it probably does not matter for my question, but anyway). I am in my mid thirties and would like to enter the field of project management.
At the moment I was thinking of getting an MBA in project management in the US and getting a PMI certification. However, the big challenge is the working experience. How will I be employable after that and where would I look for employment (in the US? And I am not even sure what industry I would work in and how you pick that. What kind of advice would you suggest? What is the book you would recommend reading to get me started?
P.S. Before I would start my studies I was thinking about volunteering at the T-mobile corporate office here in Croatia parallel to my work in graphic desing. What kind of volunteering position would you recommend I seek?

Great questions! ?I will do my best to answer them for you.

  • First, take a look at?this list of career articles I’ve written over the years…many will be helpful for you.
  • I chose NOT to pursue an MBA myself, as most project management positions are not requiring this and other factors weigh more heavily in my opinion
  • The?PMP certification from PMI requires some work experience managing projects, just so you know.
  • My?PM Career newsletter may be of interest to you as well.
  • Volunteering is an excellent idea. ?Doing it for corporations may be tough unless they have an internship program for management or project management you could fit into….non-profit organizations or project management organizations are other options for volunteering as well.
  • My?PM Career Coaching Course is designed to answer many of your questions and help you decide on things like industry, company, etc. ?I haven’t come across a book I’d recommend on this topic, which is why I put the course together instead. ?There are some books out there but they are pretty limited as far as I’m concerned.

I hope that helps. ?If you are interested in my course, just check out the full lesson outline the page so you can get an idea of what’s included and see if it’s for you.