I recently received a call from the office of The Telegraph, Kolkata asking me why I chose a career in project management. Finding a bullet point answer to this was difficult. After I started working as an architect after graduation, the realisation that I was not equipped enough to handle a building project from inception to completion, started to make its way. That is when I decided to change tracks and move from architecture to project management.
What value does project management add can be essentially captured by one phrase, “handle a project from inception to completion.” However, this statement is vague and requires elaboration. Project management professionals utilise their knowledge of planning, coordinating, scheduling and monitoring to sail through the complex issues associated with building projects. They are skilled professionals equipped with the knowledge required to handle building projects and get them completed within the stipulated time, cost and quality parameters. Apart from knowledge of project management practices and processes, project managers possess expertise about the functional performance requirements of buildings and basic knowledge on allied subjects like project finance, real estate valuation and facilities management. All these skills, bundled with personal soft skills like human relations, team work, leadership, ethics and integrity, make project managers the people to go to for any matters related to the built environment.
The rising awareness and expectations of people from their built environment make project management indispensable in today’s real estate industry. And this talk about my journey, value addition and the indispensability of project management formed my answer to why I chose a career in project management.