How I Got Into Project Management

Fireman, ballerina, doctor… but did you ever think as a kid you would become a consultant? In project management? Well, I sure didn’t. I wanted to become a prison director… but that’s me.
So what happened? 

Life happened. The way I see it, life has a life cycle just like projects. Life is in fact a series of projects if you think about it. Completing my studies has been the most challenging but satisfying personal project up till now.

Reflecting on my personality, I suppose I’m a planner. I like to think ahead, plan next steps and consider all the pros and cons carefully before heading in a certain direction. Companies are constantly planning and initiating projects and every project is different and has it’s own challenges. That's why for me, this seemed like a fascinating field of work. And so I started looking for project management jobs. Experiencing how ideas take shape and how decisions affect team members, challenging me to rethink things from different perspectives, that’s what drives me!

Determined to find an employer where I could satisfy my hunger for planning and organizing, I began my quest!

Why Threon?

Learning on the job from a seasoned project manager, always having someone to guide you and help you develop the right and necessary set of skills to become a project manager. Sounds too good to be true? Well, Threon caught my eye because this is exactly the way they work. My coach not only helps me develop my full potential but also shares his know-how and experiences.

Several months on the job, I’ve also learned that Threon takes your interests at heart when assigning you to a project, wanting you to further develop your project management potential. In a couple of months I’ve already taken French lessons, participated in MS Project trainings, have been enrolled in several internal projects and joined sessions of junior knowledge sharing.

Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows

Even though it makes sense that in a consulting company everybody mostly works at the client… when applying for the job, I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t get to spend much time with my Threon colleagues…  At first this makes it hard to find a connection with the company and your peers. Luckily there are lots of “Threon-events” like teambuilding, knowledge sharing, training, which help us stay connected as a group.

Every team member has a different view on things (thanks to their diverse education and work background). The enormous variety of work and the flexible challenging environment are, amongst others, added value for me because I like to challenge myself to the fullest. As cliché as it might sound, every day I get the chance to experience why 1 + 1 equals 3 when it comes to teamwork. Greater ideas can be formed, things are reviewed in a broader perspective and high-quality deliverables are produced this way.

Every Day Is Different

My colleague Sven stated the following about his career:

“What I love the most about my job is the enormous amount of diversity in both the team and assignments. One day you are assigned to a client, the other you are giving trainings and workshops at another client.”

I couldn’t agree more. Being employed by one organization but still working in different environments allows me to quickly gain knowledge in the different domains of project management within different industries.

For now I support senior project managers, while being responsible for one aspect of the work. But one day, as I gain more experience, I will be able to handle more tasks simultaneously until I am ready to lead a team during an entire project.

In a nutshell, my job is like riding a rollercoaster, you never know what comes your way. This makes every day interesting and exciting. I just hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

How A Typical Day Looks Like?

To be honest, there isn’t really a typical day as each day is different due to the nature of our work and the demands of our clients. But to give you a taste:

8.00 AM

Checking my emails usually kicks-off my day at the office. I’ll then spend the morning completing planning activities for the client in MS project and check with the team where project support is required.

12.30 PM

I normally grab lunch with the project managers at my client. This is a great way to hear about their activities and to get to know everyone.

01.00 PM

My afternoons are spent supporting the project managers:

  • Adjusting project schedules
  • Status reporting
  • Collecting issues and suggesting actions to resolve them
  • Finding ways to increase productivity of the project teams
  • ...

05.30 PM

I usually wrap up between 5PM to 6PM after having set my priorities straight for the next day and completing my timesheets (I'm a planner remember ;)?).

Interested in a job as consultant? Contact my colleague Céline through jobs@threon.com.

Photo by Katelyn Kenderdine

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