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What is the minimum age to become a project manager?

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I understand that some immediately answer that there is no minimum age to become a project manager, but my point of view is different. The project manager, in order to become one, needs training, experience, etc... Assuming that the person graduates with a BS degree at the age of 22. What is the minimum age at which that person can become a project manager?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

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This is an interesting question. As you said, most people will try to answer immediately that age has nothing to do with being a project manager, I tend to think otherwise, and I do think that there is, more or less some a minimum age where someone can be a project manager (in normal conditions, provided your father doesn't own the company).

Here are the factors:

- Finishing high school: Age 17 - 18
- Having some experience as a project assistant following a year of a very low level office position: 3 years
- Project coordinator position: around 1 year
- Project manager: At the age of 21 - 22

The above is the absolute minimum and only happens in case you're very very lucky.

Now in case you went to the university, and had a BS degree in computer science for example, then the flow will be a bit different:

- Finishing high school: Age 17 - 18
- Finishing university: Age 20 - 21
- Programmer: around 3 years
- Project coordinator: around 1 year
- Project manager: At the age of 24 - 25

The second scenario is more likely and more reasonable. Construction project managers usually start their project management career around the age of 27 (since their degree takes longer).
answered 10 years ago by FastProjectManager (10,100 points)

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