Let’s begin by playing a game. Let’s see which of us can come closest to guessing how many people out of every thousand, when asked what job they would most like to do, will say “Business Project Manager.” You go first.
HINT: Whatever number you pick, I’m going to pick the next lower number. Even if you pick “one,” the odds are probably still in my favor.
Think about it, when was the last time you heard anyone say that they wanted to train to become a project manager?
What Is a Business Project Manager?
Does everyone understand what we need to do next?
The elusiveness of the answer is part of the reason people seldom seek a career in project management. Sometimes Business Project Manager is a defined position on an organizational chart. Many times it is an assigned responsibility to a person with an entirely different title. The larger the business, the more likely there will be at least one person with the actual title of Project Manager, but that does not mean that he or she will manage all company projects.
What Is Project Management?
It is much easier to define project management. “A project is a unique, transient endeavor, undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits. A project is usually deemed to be a success if it achieves the objectives according to their acceptance criteria, within an agreed timescale and budget.”
Do you see what I mean?
- Project management is creating, implementing, and overseeing projects that meet the goals and objectives of his or her company.
- Project management includes identifying all of the tasks and responsibilities of the employees involved in the project, assigning those tasks and managing the methodology and process to achieve the desired outcome.
- “At its most fundamental, project management is about people getting things done.” ~ Dr. Martin Barnes, former President, Association for Project Management
The Big Advantages of Project Management
A position is only a title. Successful project management is accomplishment. Within a business successful project management is a highly visible element of reaching goals which are central to the growth of the business. Not surprisingly, responsible and successful project managers tend to be recognized for their contributions – often with promotions with greater responsibilities. Because of this, skilled project managers generally enjoy steady career growth and advancement.
This project would not have succeeded without all of you.
Preparation Begins at Florida Technical College
Florida Technical College’s bachelor degree program in Business Project Management equips students with the knowledge, the tools and the skills to launch out into a successful career in project management. The FTC Business Project Management program is available at our Central and South Florida campuses at Orlando, Pembroke Pines, and Cutler Bay.
Students receive training in accounting, economics, project management tools, risk management, decision making, operations and financial management, and project scheduling and costing, and all other fundamentals of project management.
Graduates of the Florida Technical College Business Project Management program leave equipped for a successful business career that is either focused on project management or that involves project management – a career that the average person thinks about, but one that is in demand and for which the rewards can be greater than most imagine.
We encourage you to learn more at www.ftccollege.edu and to contact us so that we may answer any questions you may have. Toll-free numbers to each of our campuses are displayed at the top of each website page. Our objective is to prepare our students for success in the career of their choosing. Give project management some consideration. It could make you a business MVP.
Lou Gutheil writes about a wide variety of subjects, including investments, immigration, technology, NGOs, and higher education marketing.
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