Business Today: The importance of learning project management
The recession and subsequent competitive job market has caused many individuals to question the skills and subjects they learned at university, and
to consider whether it would be worth embarking on another course of study to make themselves more employable. Many are looking at the prospect
of business or management courses as a means to better prepare themselves for tomorrow's career opportunities. So what exactly is project
management? And why is it such an important skill to learn?
Project management, at least in business terms, is the undertaking of planning and organizing of resources, staff and time with the aim of successfully
completing the goals of a project. Of course this can vary from company to company, but project management is usually discussed in terms of
manufacturing and/or selling a certain product, or ensuring that a business's services are marketed and promoted in a given time. Over the past 20 or
so years efficient project management has become more and more integral to businesses or companies dealing with a large staff and a time frame.
Consequently, many business and management courses at both degree and foundation level involve a certain amount of study devoted to project
management - and there are even training courses unique to specific types of project management, such as PRINCE2 in the UK. Like PRINCE2,
many project management methods and systems have become established in alongside the gradual growth of IT-dependent companies who store
more of their data digitally and work in close proximity to networked computer systems.
Courses that deal with project management, therefore, not only teach you how to use the latest technology for the job, but also focus on the more
consistent aspects such as how to work with clients and stakeholders and how to manage small and larger teams. Unsurprisingly, mathematical and
budgeting skills will likely be developed in order to manage costs in relation to quality, time and the scope o