A CAREER IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project management is the core of most operations and systems for corporate function as it involves the organization and facilitation of teams, development of team plans and the execution of a project.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Typically, the responsibilities of a project manager relate exactly to the organization or company, and its industry in general.

A project manager can work in any of these role:

  • Project coordinator
  • Expert consultant
  • Business analyst
  • Surveyor
  • Finance consultant
  • Risk analyst

WHERE CAN YOU WORK?

With a degree in Business & Management, Project Management or any of the associated courses of study, you can work as a project manager in any of these industries;

  • Consultancy
  • Construction
  • Digital media
  • Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Research
  • Others

PAY RANGE

Across these sectors, there is an evident shift in the earnings of a project manager. However, the average salary is N200, 000.

  • Low -N150, 000
  • New Entry -N250, 000
  • Mid Entry -N400, 000
  • Senior level -N650, 000
  • High -N1.5M+

QUALIFICATION AND TRAINING NEEDED

To excel in a career as a project manager in Nigeria, you need to have the following qualifications, with additional training.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Marketing, or any related course
  • Additional Degrees e.g Masters (Optional)
  • Training in Project planning, Team management, and Budget and scheduling
  • Any other related certification.

KEY SKILLS

While the educational qualifications are necessary to have a successful career as a project manager, there are some skills which are also at the core of success.

These skills include;

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent Communication
  • Organizational skills
  • Teamwork
  • Dedication
  • Leadership
  • Transparency
  • Creativity
  • Decision-making
  • Time-management

Project Management is an interesting and diverse career path. It can also be very lucrative in the right industry. By remaining dedicated and driven, it is an achievable career choice.

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