Why Project Management?

  • Project Management is a Fast Growing Profession
  • Military experience often translates into Project Management experience. Project Management Institute (PMI) research indicates that between 2010 and 2020:
    •  15.7 million new project management roles will be created globally across project-intensive industries
    • The U.S. anticipates double-digit growth (more than 12%) in demand for project management practitioners, resulting in almost 6.2 million jobs in 2020.
    • Now is the right time to explore project management as your next career.

Project Management: A Fast Growing Profession

  • PMI research identifies the project management profession as one of the fastest-growing careers in the world. Project managers are highly valued in virtually all sectors.
  • Project Managers are in Demand - In our project-driven world, more organizations are recognizing the value of having a skilled workforce to deliver successful projects and business outcomes. 
  • Some of these same organizations also acknowledge hiring military veterans with project management experience as an essential strategy for maintaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  • A career in project management can be very rewarding. This profession enables you to hone your skills as a leader or manager.

Military Experience Translates to a Successful Project Manager

  • Use experience in "operationalizing" projects. 
  • Strong "warrior ethos" - the mission is always first, never accept defeat, never quit and never leave a fallen comrade - is appealing and can lead to organizational success.
  • Leading cross-functional teams to ensure the accomplishment of mission objectives is a great strategic leadership skill.
  • Managing budgets and scheduling activities are important technical skills. 
  • Conflict mediation and performance appraisal are critical soft skills.

Next Steps

To learn more about PMI Central Iowa's Military Engagement Program contact dirmilitaryengagement@pmiofcentraliowa.org