Here are the pre-requisites to start a career in project management consulting:
1. Education and experiences. You need to have a bachelor degree in human resources, economics, and communications to start a career in this field. You also need at least 2 years experience doing project management-related jobs. Having a deep understanding on issues such as stakeholder analysis, risk management, resource management, project performance analysis, and team performance analysis would also help.
2. Required skills. It's a must that you have exceptional problem-solving skills, strategic planning ability, and an in-depth understanding of concepts such as cost-volume analysis and statistics. In addition, you must be a great communicator and you need to have people skills. It's important that you enjoy working with other people to succeed in this field.
3. License. Before you can start practicing on this field, you need to pass a project management professional exam that will require at least 100 hours of study time. The exam will consist of questions relating to supervision, planning, execution, project initiation, and closing. You will be given 3 chances to pass the exam before you'll get your license. This will make you more "hireable."
4. Learn from the experts. Since you are just starting out, it would work to your advantage if you learn from people who have already succeeded in this field. You can either watch them in action or take advantage of their coaching programs. There are now numerous individuals and organizations that are offering trainings, coaching programs, and seminars to help people like you get started in this endeavor on the right foot.
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