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Steps to successfully get off the tools and into management

“I just want to get off the tools” is something we hear daily at Learning People. Follow this guide to what your steps should be to get certified and boost your career.

Updated on: 14th November 2019

In our experience, this generally means you want to progress and advance from a somewhat mundane day-to-day and or menial tasks and upgrade to a more fulfilling leadership stance to oversee those responsible for the ‘ground floor’ activities.

Learning People | Project manager in a meeting

So, what do we tell people in this predicament and how does it work?  Firstly, let’s have a look at the specific answer to a specific question.

What do I need to do in order to get off the tools?

The first thing we do at Learning People is listen.  By asking you the right questions we can establish exactly where you’re at, what you’re good at, where your development areas are and what you’ll need to advance effectively and efficiently into a positive career move. This is handled by our professionally trained project management career consultants, who have helped thousands of individuals from all walks of life change, upgrade and uplift their roles and in turn their salaries.

Industry leader quotes:

“In London alone, construction is booming, with more than 500 tall-building projects in the pipeline and 13 proposed skyscraper projects to be complete by 2026…”

“U.K. unemployment is hovering at a historic low of 4 percent, (Office for National Statistics), great news for project talent—especially those with specialised skills…”

“Construction output is estimated to rise 2 percent through 2022, according to the Global Construction Outlook to 2022 report. That compares with Western Europe’s overall output of just 1.1 percent from 2013 to 2017…”

AT A GLANCE: Project Management Institute Statistics:

  • 2019 GDP growth forecast: 1.5%
  • Median project professional salary: £64,778
  • Sectors to watch: IT, construction, transportation

Is it achievable and attainable for me?

The good news is that project management is not fussy or specific with sector or practitioner.  Perhaps you’ve got years of hands on construction experience under your tool belt, or perhaps you’ve ‘pushed pens’ in the world of finance, maybe you’ve been shop floor with the healthcare industry.  Whatever your background, the options and doors for advancement are ready to open with relevant certification training.

With a decade of experience and partnerships with the awarding bodies that matter, Learning People are experts in career progression packages that will catapult your existing knowledge into tangible skillsets, aligned to what industry and employers need and want.  All Learning People training packages are professionally road-mapped and bespoke to each individual.   

Learning People | Young professional smiling

How long will it take?

An entry level pathway to certified success will be around a lean 65 hours bottom to top, for achieving the PMI awarded Certified Associate in Project Management.

This globally recognised industry leading cert’ will guide you through the following principles, ensuring you are fit for purpose across all sectors:

  • Project Environment
  • Role of the Project Manager
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Schedule Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Resource Management
  • Project Communication Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management 

Learning People Career Services

We support each of our students from enrolment until they reach their first position with our Career Services. This unrivalled service is there to help you display your newly developed skills to potential employers. This covers the application process, guidance, interview preparation and personalised advice. It’s a fantastic opportunity to reach your career goals, request a callback now.