Job Title: Project Manager
Type of Company: I work for an insurance company that provides personal lines insurance policies to its customers.
Education: AS, Cape Cod Community College (West Barnstable, MA) BS, Community Development, University of New Hampshire certificate, Computer Science, Cambridge Institute for Technology
Previous Experience: I started as a computer programmer and worked my way up.
Job Tasks: I manage projects that involve the development of computer code. I project time lines based on estimates from my developers and use MS Project to create project plans to use throughout the life cycle of the project to ensure that we complete it on time and within budget. I provide weekly status reports to upper management that they report to their bosses. I troubleshoot IT coding issues as reported by my business partners trying to resolve the issues as best I can.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The worst part of the job is the paper work. We must report the same results to many people and each has his own way of taking the news. We are also audited to ensure that we have followed and documented the correct procedures.
The best part is working with business and IT developers to get the work done, which keeps the job interesting and challenging. Another aspect I like is that of debugging programs. I do a lot of trouble shooting and work with the developers to resolve programming errors. This works well as our business partners really need this support: one of the unmistakable benefits of this job.
Job Tips: To become an IT Project Manager would require a degree in Computer Science as well as classes in project management. There is a PM program hosted by ESI international through George Washington University where you can attend classes and get your Project manager's certification. Most people write code for a period of time and then become project managers, but this is not a necessity.
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