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Can you become a project manager with no experience?

I'm just a programmer with no experience whatsoever. Is it possible for me to make the jump from a programmer to a project manager either in my company or in another company?

I have some very basic knowledge about project management (very basic scheduling), but I'm looking for advancing my career and I see no future for myself remaining a programmer.
asked 12 years ago by anonymous

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You can become a project manager with no experience,  provided one of the following conditions is met:

- Your father/sibling/close friend owns the company or you have some very close ties with the a senior in the company.
- There are less than 5 people in your company.
- Your company doesn't really care about project management

In all other cases, you do need to have experience in order to become a project manager. The very basic scheduling experience that you have is not enough, there is a process to learn and there is some real experience to be gained and learned. You can start gaining this experience by expressing your desire to become a project manager to your current project manager (make sure he or she doesn't feel threatened), and asking for small scheduling/management tasks. Sooner or later you will move up to a project coordinator, and later to a project manager.

You can also advance your career (in project management) much more if you have move to another company after spending a year as a project manager in your own company (to the second company, you are considered to be proven project manager and you will get more respect, and more money...)
answered 12 years ago by FastProjectManager (10,100 points)

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