Maybe moving into project management isn’t such a mad idea

So I need to get some more regular work and the social media consulting/coaching I’ve been doing, while extremely rewarding, doesn’t look to be becoming any more regular. (Yes I have misgivings about the future of it all. Tumblr is my recommendation for least screwed up platform right now. But who knows – they’re owned by Yahoo.)

Here are some options for work I could do:

Going back into publishing – not an option. There are some German publications being produced in London but after half a year as sub-editor last year I’ve realised the language has moved on. (My German is brilliant, always has been, but it now contains too little wrongly used English vocabulary. It’s hilarious.)

Going back into inside sales – haha no.

Do social media in a digital agency – from my experience, digital agencies are selling a lot of hot air and are ridiculously clueless. I don’t think I could survive that kind of environment without going mad. Specifically there doesn’t seem to be awareness that project management is a thing that is needed.

Which takes me to my point – maybe that’s where I should be going. I’ve always been great at managing and supporting talent and, being German, there’s that logical thinking. As a part of the localgovcamp scene I’ve watched things being built and I think it’s an amazing field to be in. I have some background in programming – I built some websites from scratch with html and worked in 3d animation in its very early days with director and lingo. (I was the programmer. Hah.) I stopped when I had my son and it took me a while to get back into any sort of working life, and I never had the brain space to pick it up again. But it’s good to at least have an idea.

In conclusion, I think it would make a lot of sense. After all developers are rockstars too who need managing, and I know I can do that.

Now the question is, how? I need to do some courses, Prince 2, Agile, Lean, just to get the lingo and have an idea what people are talking about. What else do I need?

I’d be very grateful for any help (I’ll buy you a coffee or knit you a scarf 🙂



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