Project Management Education: Should You Return to School? “How to Get Into Project Management” I discussed how a 4-year degree is the minimum requirement for most project management roles. “So what if my 4-year degree isn’t enough?” This was the question I got in response to the video. It’s a good question. I recommend you get your 4-year degree. You may have heard that I returned to school to complete a BSc. in Project Management. After high school, I went to college for electronics, but I dropped out after three semesters. It wasn’t the job I wanted, and I was a 19-year-old kid who didn’t value education as highly as I do now. Now, fast forward several years. I had worked in many management positions, so although I could get these jobs, it was always difficult. To get hired, I had to prove my worth. I wanted to return to school to get my degree.
- I could reap the full benefits of the education
- I could stop trying so hard to land project management and management positions.
I returned to school at night and worked while I was in school full-time. It took me three years to finish my Project Management degree. The best thing about returning to college as a non-traditional student was that I truly valued the education. It was a lot of work, but I got a lot of value. It was hard work, and I didn’t get much sleep. But it was worth it.
- Many programs do not offer Project Management degrees. That’s OK. If you are interested in managing projects, either a technical or business degree is acceptable.
- If you are interested in managing IT projects but have no technical background, the Computer Science or related degree is for you.
- If you are interested in general project management and business, consider a business-related degree.
- You can find a program in construction management if you are interested in becoming a project manager.
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