Project Management Skills For The Future


Project Management team working together

As job opportunities in many industry sectors are shrinking, it’s a perfect time to consider upgrading your CV with transferable project management skills and future-proofing your career. Adding Project Management skills to the industry qualifications or experience that you already have can expand your career choices and your potential for advancement immediately.

The importance of project management

Managing a project from start to finish requires a team with complementary talents and skills who are tasked with the responsibility for planning and executing the project objectives. A sound and well-executed project plan can mean the difference between success or failure.

Leading a project team is a challenging skill to master but well worth it for the diversity and job satisfaction of a successful project.

Transferable project management skills

A variety of sectors currently have a high demand for candidates with Project Management skills and view these skills as a highly valued career asset. Demand is still strong in the traditional fields such as mining, engineering, construction and information technology. What’s newer is project management becoming necessary within defence, healthcare, banking and finance, parks, wildlife and environmental protection.

Once you’ve gained the skills and experience in your sector, more sectors of industry will begin to seek you out. Excellent Project Managers are desirable in any sector no matter what their background, which is why general project management skills are highly transferrable.

The stand-out advantages of having skills in project management include an opportunity to work in a collaborative environment and the ability to transfer across industry sectors should redundancy occur, or opportunities shrink in any particular sector. These transferable skills include;

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Reliable and strong organisation skills
  • Team leader competency
  • Delegation
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work well with deadlines
  • Working alongside clear objectives and goals of management or a client

In addition, Australian Project Management qualifications continue to hold full respect both in Asia and further afield, therefore increasing opportunities for those who like variety and travel.

Project Manager planning career

Steps to upskilling in project management

To gain the essential qualifications in Project Management ensure your education provider has a reputation for quality and results, and you too can enjoy the future-proofing rewards that this career can provide.

If you are looking for a prosperous career in Project Management, here are some recommendations;

1. Get qualified

Getting a Diploma in Project Management gives you the practical skills you can immediately apply to any position, and shows potential employers you are serious about your career.

2. Build up your communication skills

Managing a project and a team of employees means communication is essential in every single aspect of your job. Research online communication strategies and tips for different stakeholders, such as clients, management and employees. Be aware that this role requires you to bridge any communication barriers between opposing stakeholder groups also, and work through disputes/disagreements.

3. Find a mentor

The best way to learn is from someone who has great experience and is good at their Project Management role. By observing how projects are managed by your mentor, you can gain invaluable knowledge about the ‘ins and outs’ of project managing. You also have the opportunity to ask more in-depth questions about details you may encounter in your role as Project Manager.

The more experience you can get both in your current industry and working in both related and non-related sectors, the more valuable you will become. It is through varied jobs and industries you learn how to manage projects better in all aspects.
Use your skill set as the stepping-stone to career success with options both in Australia and overseas.

Project management salaries and changes

Did you know that one of the highest salaries available in Australia today is for those with Project Management skills? A recent survey conducted in Australia confirms that it is now the number one country for the highest paid project practitioners, with an average salary of $134,659.

Australian industries are rapidly adopting ways to cut costs and time overruns and will pay well for professionals who can consistently produce on time and to budget results.

Project Management has incorporated many changes into all industries. Some global changes include:

Remote teams

Advanced and up-to-date technology allows members of a team to work in many varied locations, with real-time communication to all areas of the world now available. This virtual project team style means that Project Managers can recruit anyone in the world with the required skill-set and a stable internet connection.

Global opportunities

China and India are now at the forefront of adopting the latest project management strategies, with Chinese management styles focussing on speed of delivery and trial-and-error tactics. India is now seen as a leader of project-management focussed employment, and handling crisis and conflict management in projects.


Globalisation has opened the doors for project managers to be recruited from many countries. In the last 15 years, there has been consistent focus on becoming inclusive of gender, and cultural/religious backgrounds in Project Management positions. This brings new skills, styles of managing, and points of view to a project which can effectively improve quality, time and overall team cohesion.

To find out more about how you can gain these much-needed and highly applicable skills today, enquire below for information on CAL’s Diploma of Project Management.

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