Project Management Apprenticeship

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Has anyone worked as a project manager? I have no relevant qualifications or experience. But the job seems interesting and my skills are suited to the job description. Anyone give me tips for the interview. And more importantly what is it like working as a project manager. Thanks.
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Has anyone worked as a project manager? I have no relevant qualifications or experience. But the job seems interesting and my skills are suited to the job description. Anyone give me tips for the interview. And more importantly what is it like working as a project manager. Thanks.
I went for an interview to be a project co-ordinator (basically assisting the manager). They offered me another job instead lol.

But yeah from what I've seen, a knowledge in the area you wanna work in helps, so if you go on an interview, make sure you stock up on the knowledge of the sector you'll be working in.

There's a lot of deadlines and adjusting to things going wrong, you've got to be very organised. You've got to try satisfy many people at once who may have conflicting interests.

Be prepared to put in the hours too. It's something that comes with experience and I'd say it's more down to the determination/personality of the candidate rather than qualifications.

This is just from an outside view though having worked alongside them.
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I went for an interview to be a project co-ordinator (basically assisting the manager). They offered me another job instead lol.

But yeah from what I've seen, a knowledge in the area you wanna work in helps, so if you go on an interview, make sure you stock up on the knowledge of the sector you'll be working in.

There's a lot of deadlines and adjusting to things going wrong, you've got to be very organised. You've got to try satisfy many people at once who may have conflicting interests.

Be prepared to put in the hours too. It's something that comes with experience and I'd say it's more down to the determination/personality of the candidate rather than qualifications.

This is just from an outside view though having worked alongside them.
Thanks for replying. I don't know much about project management but I'm going to do my research. Could you give me a bit more information on what type of work a junior project manager might do.

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Thanks for replying. I don't know much about project management but I'm going to do my research. Could you give me a bit more information on what type of work a junior project manager might do.

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Not really because it's not actually my job and it would depend on the sector you work in but I'll tell you what I can.

I work in the telecommunications sector (railway signalling, works on rail etc). The project co-ordinator (or junior project manager as you put it) spend time preparing task briefs for the guys who go out and carry the work out. They also obviously do the tasks that the project managers don't have time to do. They also attend meetings with their project manager and supply them with relevant information.

Basically their job seems to be to make the project manager's job easier whilst learning a bit about the role itself so that one day they could maybe be a manager.

Don't take me word as gospel, like I said before, this isn't my job, I'm in logistics but I do deal with project managers.
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Not really because it's not actually my job and it would depend on the sector you work in but I'll tell you what I can.

I work in the telecommunications sector (railway signalling, works on rail etc). The project co-ordinator (or junior project manager as you put it) spend time preparing task briefs for the guys who go out and carry the work out. They also obviously do the tasks that the project managers don't have time to do. They also attend meetings with their project manager and supply them with relevant information.

Basically their job seems to be to make the project manager's job easier whilst learning a bit about the role itself so that one day they could maybe be a manager.

Don't take me word as gospel, like I said before, this isn't my job, I'm in logistics but I do deal with project managers.
Thanks alot! Been a great help.

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