Cake or death? I'll have the chicken. (austingoddess) wrote in projectmanager,
Cake or death? I'll have the chicken.

getting into project management

Hello. :) I've been a project coordinator/analyst/planner for 6 years out of my last 13 in high tech, mostly on software development projects. I'm trying to find the best way to break into project management itself. Most jobs I see want a PMP, but as I'm sure you all know, you have to have been a PM for 3 years (with a degree) before you can go for that cert. I could get the CAPM, but I don't know how helpful that would be.

What skills/certs/keywords would be useful? I don't have any formal programming experience, but I could certainly get started on that. Some s/w projects I've seen want a manager with a coding background, while some specifically *don't* want a coder so they won't get sucked into coding. I could get an MBA, but that's a fair amount of money and time, and again I'm not sure if it's really needed or not. There's always moving up in a company, but many of the PM positions in Austin are contract rather than full-time.

How did you break into project management? Is knowing the PMBOK enough with my background to start applying?

Thanks for your time!
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