The future of project management is here, and it’s bright. Discover how you can break into or lead this globally in-demand role with an RMIT qualification backed by industry.
The job outlook for project managers is stronger than ever. Hiring trends in 2020 saw global demand for project managers soar, with the role thriving in a remote environment. According to the Job Growth and Talent Gap report by the Project Management Institute (PMI), nearly 22 million new jobs will be created in project management by 2027. Employees from China and India are also set to represent over 75% of the 88 million individuals projected to be working in project management-oriented roles.
At RMIT, our project management courses will help you build skills that you can carry across to any project, field or continent, whether you’re starting a promising new career or preparing to lead what’s next in senior management.
RMIT's Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management) (Honours) will help you get ready to kickstart your career and manage real-life projects by teaching you fundamental multitasking, agile and organisational skills that can be applied to a vast range of industries.
In fact, Dr. Guinevere Gilbert, Program Manager of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management) (Honours), said a common misconception about project management is that employment is only in the construction industry.
“Most students have identified what I call the Big 6 industries as their preferred employment destinations: the built environment, event management, renewable energy projects, IT, mining and humanitarian projects,” she said.
Within and beyond these industries, Dr. Gilbert said the degree responds to trends that arose during the pandemic, and are likely to become a mainstay.
“The PMI Jobs report for 2021 indicates that infrastructure is a growth sector. At the same time, it is predicted that we will see the retention of the online collaboration and remote project management capabilities developed as a result of the pandemic.
“The skills we expect to be in demand across all sectors are the use of remote management tools and the confidence in remote presentations and meetings.
“In the Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management) (Honours), we are now delivering our lectures and tutorials using a hybrid model, so there is online collaboration and participation embedded throughout the program from the first day rather than as standalone courses. We also include industry-relevant software facilitating remote management throughout the program,” she said.
Build valuable leadership and management skills on top of your current professional knowledge in RMIT’s Graduate Certificate in Project Management. With the option to undertake the graduate certificate in as little as six months, you’ll quickly master the ability to run complex projects with a range of stakeholders, manage all phases on time and to budget, and contribute to an increase in business effectiveness.
As a student of the graduate certificate, you’ll also have access to RMIT’s Employer of Choice program – a facilitation program within Property, Construction and Project Management that connects all undergraduate and postgraduate RMIT students to over 350 employers, including companies like Coles, Stockdale & Leggo, Jacobs and the GPT Group.
Shimon New, Project Manager at Jacobs and RMIT alumnus, said the Employer of Choice program benefits both the employer and the University.
“By keeping a close relationship with RMIT, we get to have a mutual benefit where, for example, we're currently negotiating an assistant project manager role for somebody who graduated last year.”
He said that through the Employer of Choice program, students engage with Jacobs in activities like networking events, excursions to the Jacobs office and graduate employment opportunities.
"Every year I manage to get more project managers from Jacobs involved. They always say that RMIT students ask good questions. You can see which students are really keen and want to get involved,” he said.
If you're already working or looking to work in the field of project management, the Graduate Diploma in Project Management will help you take the next step in your career. With the ability to specialise in growing areas of project management, such as IT and engineering, the graduate diploma will set you up to thrive ahead of emerging trends and current issues.
Zane Danielis, Director of United Project Solutions, said global challenges have changed the way project managers work.
“Many of the construction management and communication tools are going online, so we are seeing a real shift to more efficient and timelier project management,” he said.
He said a close relationship with RMIT through the Employer of Choice program has helped him connect with skilled individuals who display a strong willingness to learn on the job.
“I have been a guest lecturer at RMIT careers events, attended awards ceremonies and other networking events offered through the Employer of Choice program.
“As a small business, we rely heavily on efficiency, integrity, and professionalism in all areas of our work, both onsite and in the office. United Project Solutions has provided work experience opportunities that have often led to RMIT students being employed, with several students now being long term employees."
RMIT’s Master of Project Management will help you develop the highly sought-after skills, strategies and capabilities you need to run complex projects and pursue a global career in project management.
For Gaurav Sehrawat - Master of Project Management alumnus, PMI volunteer, student association Founder and Vice President, RMIT Mentor and student leader - the postgraduate degree at RMIT built on the undergraduate architecture degree he’d gained in India.
“The program at RMIT gained my interest because of its emphasis on practical applications, strong industry connections and the implementation of theories in real-world projects,” he said.
By engaging with the Employer of Choice program in the Master of Project Management, Gaurav also built valuable connections with international companies like Multiplex.
“As an international student, I had very limited knowledge about the industry and programs offered by various companies. Through networking, I gained more industry knowledge and learned about the projects they were working on,” he said.
“I networked with representatives from CPB Contractors, Multiplex, Kapitol Group, and more. The program brings a big number of industry leaders from various leading companies under the same roof, which is not possible elsewhere.
“I learned about the key soft skills and technical skills required to gain employment. I maintained these networks during my study, which helped me when applying for jobs after I graduated.”
Story: Pallavi Daniel
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.