I manage the implementation of technology and marketing solutions for Higher Ed institutions.
I work internally with product training to gain knowledge on how the solution(s) work. I then work with clients to manage relationships and hit milestones for successfully implementing their solution.
Basic technology skills are important, but being able to learn and understand technology will be just as beneficial. The ability to work well with clients and manage relationships is an important part of project management. A few additional skills are communication, planning and organization.
Here's the first step for professionals
Develop relationship management skills. Implementing solutions is a project management job where communication both internally and with the client is key.
"You cannot quit your job and move to California. It is too far from your family. You will miss important events. How will you find a job, where will you live?"
This was risky and I will admit that. I had saved a lot of money over the past year living at home, and was confident this was what I wanted to do. I did not plan on being out there forever and understood it would be hard being so far away. I told myself that if I did not find a job after three months I would move back home. I networked like crazy and found a great job for my two years there. My family was able to come visit and see what a great place San Diego was.
I had little money saved for college. I worked 20 hours a week during school and 40 hours in the summers to pay for my schooling. I also made sure to apply for any kind of aid possible.