In the 1980s, when a computer was the size of an office and lattes had not been invented, there were few opportunities for formal project management education.
Back then, if you wanted project management skills, you might have studied a business degree. These degrees were broad enough to allow a graduate to work in many fields, and in some cases it even allowed you to experience a couple of options before you focused your career.
In the 21st century, the traditional business degree is still going strong, but there is a new kid on the block: the Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management). Increasingly, the business world is working on projects as diverse as running events, implementing new systems and controlling budgets and timelines.
Graduates with the skills to plan and implement projects are in high demand.
So, why is project management the perfect stepping stone to a 21st century career, where your diverse skills can be utilised across a virtually unlimited number of industries?
1. Diverse opportunities
Project management gives you a broad base of knowledge. The degree develops and consolidates the most sought after, transferable, soft and hard skills of project managers in any industry so that graduates can apply them in whatever field they want to work in after graduating.
2. Partner qualifications
A project management degree can be partnered with other qualifications to suit the industry the graduate wants to work in.
For example, RMIT’s undergraduate degree offers three electives, which allow students to take steps towards gaining the knowledge required in engineering, aviation, marketing, construction, property development, event management, environmental science and IT.
There’s also the Master of Project Management, which allows graduates to specialise in engineering, IT or post-disaster project management.
3. Practical skills
Project management is both a theoretical and practice discipline.
This means that you gain not only knowledge (that’s traditionally what happens at uni), but also the skills needed to apply that knowledge to your working life.
For example, in the undergraduate degree you’ll learn about different methods of managing different sorts of projects, and you’ll also get to practise them through various opportunities for experience during the degree.
Also known as an industry placement or internship in the business world, getting some project experience will work wonders for your résumé.
4. Project managers are in demand
Project Management is a growth career.
Because work carried out is increasingly project based, the Project Management Institute (PMI) predicts global demand for project managers to increase in IT, energy, healthcare, construction, finance, and aerospace and defence.
Project managers have the skills and knowledge to make things happen in any industry.
5. International opportunities
Just like the international acceptance of a business degree, project management also opens up international opportunities for graduates.
The USA, Canada, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Australia, Germany and the North Sea are all experiencing an increase in major projects and associated demands for project skills.
RMIT’s degree is also accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and by the PMI, opening international doors for you, as a student and as a professional.
Story: Courtney Johnson