Letter: Transitioning to project management difficult

Regarding "Project management skills still in short supply, CIO Council finds," a reader writes: It's not surprising [that] IT project management is not growing. The entrance criteria are pretty onerous, and those in charge seem to want to keep the club pure. It took me five years to get them to acknowledge I had the skills and training to formally switch career fields. Much of the training now requires you [to] be in the career field to get the advanced certification training. 

In my case, because I wasn't an engineer, it was assumed I couldn't manage a program, but in reality the engineers couldn't think globally enough to integrate support with on-time/on-cost deployment. And it is rare to find someone with an "1101" (program management) specialty code [who has] less than GS-12 [grade]. I don't think the career managers konw how to ingest a lower-graded individual into a project management career track. 

By the way, I am now in that over-50 group that's within five years of minimum retirement eligibility, though I doubt I'll leave at "30 years and a day".


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