A lot of project management students graduate with excellent results. They excel well in the schooling aspects but then perform poorly in the personal education aspects. Most of them graduate with sound knowledge and good grades but they have…:
No clear career plans: One of the things I easily discovered while in the university was that a lot of my fellow course mates had no clear mental image of the type of project manager they want to be or the types of project management careers they want to pursue. I was in that situation too at some point in time. We had little issues with tests or examinations because most us were academically intelligent students but then, most of us who were interested in pursuing a professional career in the world of project management had no career plans and no career guidance. We kept asking ourselves this question, “When we graduate and present our BTech certificate in project management technology, who would employ us as a project manager without experience?” This is because most of the job adverts we would see for a project manager’s role require more than 5 years of practical experience. So our conclusions were like, let’s just do this schooling thing and get out of here. Now, imagine the number of project management students at various universities and colleges across Africa that would be passing through that same career mess. And most of the questions and complaints I have been receiving from a lot of project management students and recent graduates are centred on their project management “careers”.