Master Class: How to Be a Project Manager

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From the moment the United States set out to build its first six frigates, we have needed someone in defense or government to take charge of bringing in big military projects on time and on budget. Back then, we did not have methodologies such as Gantt charts, CPM or Agile. We did not call those workers project managers; master constructor probably was as close as we came.

Then history happened. The Hoover Dam. The interstate highway system. The Manhattan Project. In 1956, when the Navy wanted to start mounting tactical missiles onto submarines with the Polaris Project, Booz Allen Hamilton created one of the first program management tools called the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT).

Since then, defense, aerospace, government, construction and information technology (IT) have been project management fiends. And veterans have popped in right beside them.

Veterans Make Natural Project Managers

The veteran -- and often the military spouse -- is a natural fit as a project manager. Their ability to see what needs to be done, organize and lead groups, work with time constraints and scheme around limited resources can lead straight to a new career.

But how exactly do you get there from here? After all, there is no project manager military occupational specialty, or MOS, even though military members do project management all the time. Earning your project management certification does not instantly qualify you as a project manager. How do you get an industry to take you on as a project manager?

Sign Up Today for Our Newest Master Class

That is what we are going to discover in our newest transition master class, How to Become a Project Manager in Defense, Government, IT or Business, on Thursday, June 20, at 4 p.m. EDT.

In our new 60-minute master class, you will discover:

  1. What kind of military experiences attract employers looking for a project manager.
  2. How you can get your PMP (project management professional) certification for free.
  3. How to translate your military skills to qualify as a PMP.
  4. What other paths an organized person can take into the business of business.
  5. How your interview answers can demonstrate your skills and get you the job offer.

The leadership and management skills that made you successful in the military are the same skills that can lead you to success as a project manager. Sign up for our newest class today.

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