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What is the best way to become a Project Manager?


Josh Lehmann Jacksonville, FL

I want to be in the construction field as a Project Manager, but I’m not going to college for it. Instead taking the PMP certificate and going that route. I’m seeing if I’m wasting my time doing it this way or if school is the only option for me to be successful.

12 June 2019 2 replies Career Exploration



Deborah Carter Owens Cross Roads, AL

Hi Josh,

You may want to look at this from a slightly different angle - when you search for jobs that describe the role that you want, what are the qualifications, education and skills required for the role?

If all the roles you want require college, then you may need to consider a degree program. The goal is to compare your qualifications with the role description and close any gaps you may have so that when you apply you are included in the potential pool of candidates. Good luck!



Scott Agnoli Clifton, NJ

Hello Josh,

Thank you for your service.

To answer you about education: education is never wasted. Like boot camp, it teaches you discipline and demonstrates commitment and goal achievement. Also, in today's world, it is the ticket to a higher start of a career. Similar to having a degree when entering the military can put you on the fast track to being an officer.

With a certification for project management, you certainly can enter the job market and have a successful career. You will have to find the industry and company who will give you a shot to prove your skills. Hopefully, there is a career path from that entry position to a higher one.

My advice is to get the certification then work and utilize any college benefits you have from the military and get your degree while working. It won't be an easy path, but in the end, you will have certification plus a degree and experience which will make you a highly marketable person. And have the clout to command a higher salary.

I hope this helps.

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