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I have a bachelors degree in business management - what options do i have in project management?

I have a bachelors degree in business management. I want to enter in project management. What options do I have?

Please also tell what is International project management.

Is there any side of project management where engineering background is not required.
asked 10 years ago by anonymous edited 10 years ago by MaplePM

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Well, business management is a close topic but is not the same as project management. You do have some infrastructure when it comes to knowledge about management but not enough to start as a project manager.

Here's what you should do:

- You should start taking on project management tasks in your company (ask the PM to delegate some tasks to you)
- Once you're comfortable with doing basic PM tasks, ask for more complicated stuff.
- Repeat the above until you have a title in project management.
- Once you do have a title, you will be able to advance your project management career (see: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/3356/is-project-management-a-career for the career path of a project manager)

Note that the process above should be coupled with some serious education about project management, including, but not limited to, attending courses, going to seminars, doing some workshops on PM, reading PM books, reading/writing PM blogs, etc...

I think it'll only be a couple of years until your become a project manager.

As for your second question, International project management is the process of managing international projects, where there are deliverables in multiple countries. International project management may also mean managing geographically dispersed teams (for example, managing a project where there is a team in the US and another team overseas).

As for your last question, you don't need an engineering background in project management, unless, of course, you want to become a PM in an engineering sector. Even at that, some engineering companies may accept (if the local regulations allow for this) project managers with no engineering background (project management is a process, and while it helps to be an SME in your particular domain, it's not critical, and a real PM can manage any project in any industry).
answered 10 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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