Opportunities for Travel as an Adventurous Project Manager!

Opportunities for Travel as an Adventurous Project Manager!

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There are enormous opportunities for travel beginning to open up for the savvy and well prepared project manager looking to further their careers offshore. We know that project management practitioners will continue to be in high demand in 2014 and beyond. But what that demand means—the opportunities offered, the skills needed—will vary wildly by sector and location. However, the one key and significant area of certainty is the emerging demand for qualified project managers in the rapidly growing economies of India and China.

In fact throughout Asia there is a growing demand for PM practitioners who have a standard set of skills. This is because the fundamentals of project management are not clearly integrated in China, and so there are lots of opportunities for growth in this area.

Photo: CC-BY-ND 2012 Nick Harris
Photo: CC-BY-ND 2012 Nick Harris

Chinese and Indian organisations are increasingly embracing project management processes—and striving to ensure their staffs are trained in them.

China boasts the world’s largest high-speed rail system: 10,463 kilometers (6,501 miles) of tracks. With an annual investment of US$100 billion, the country plans to complete 18,000 kilometers (11,185 miles) of track by 2015 and 120,000 kilometers (74,565 miles) of high-
According to the most recent PMI Talent Report, nearly 25 million project management roles are projected to be created by 2020.

The US$100 billion Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor development project is India’s largest-ever infrastructure project. The same report estimates that nearly 9 million new project management roles are projected to be needed by 2020.

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So, if you’re looking for a career where you can travel then project management is certainly way up there in terms of emerging opportunities! To get started and be considered you need the Diploma of Project Management plus some experience gained here in Australian workplaces. Once you have achieved both well, you’re flying!

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