Project Management Continues to Be a Bright Spot in the Economy – Cheetah Learning Explains How to Leverage Those Opportunities

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Sources including WetFeet.com, the Anderson Economic Group and PM Network, identify project management as a potentially promising employment opportunity. For that reason, the Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com) have launched a Social Media Blitz encouraging job seekers to consider PM as a career option.

The American Enterprise Institute recently touted “2012: a better year for the US economy” – though it was a case of “better” by comparison. Still, there are bright spots, and one is project management. That prompted the Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com) to encourage job seekers to consider PM training as a way to enhance their proficiency portfolio.

“Many times we race through our lives, thinking that opportunity will smack us in the face when the time is right,” warns Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning. “However, in order to seize opportunity, you must learn to recognize it.”

For that reason, Cheetah has put a spotlight on project management as a career option for those entering the workforce or a new direction for those making mid-career course corrections. For professionals pondering PM, Cheetah has been offering exclusive downloads, as well as Daily Tips, Tools and Deals, to anyone who signs up for Cheetah's free PM Skill Builder emails.

A sampling of what’s in those emails can be found at http://www.cheetahlearning.com/LinkTracker/track.asp?id=241, http://www.cheetahlearning.com/LinkTracker/track.asp?id=239 or http://www.cheetahlearning.com/LinkTracker/track.asp?id=240, where it’s also possible to sign up.

, where it’s also possible to sign up.

But back to the economy and the project management opportunities it presents.

According to WetFeet.com, whose mission is to equip job seekers, “the field of project management is incredibly hot,” adding that, “the outlook might be brightest for PMs in the biotech and high-tech arenas.”

The Anderson Economic Group (AEG), which offers consulting and research services, agrees. AEG produced a study forecasting that, by 2016, demand for employees in project-oriented industries will experience a 33 percent increase.

U.S. News & World Report, in a somewhat older study (circa 2009), acknowledged its value by ranking project management as the third-most valued skill by employers, behind only leadership/negotiation and business analysis.

And Kiplinger's Magazine ranked PM as one of the “Top 10 Hot Careers” for this decade.

But perhaps it’s Michelle Bowles Jackson, writing in the January 2012 edition of PM Network, who offers the definitive analysis.

In a story headlined “Sectors to Watch,” Jackson describes PM prospects in Government as “Rock-solid,” Energy as “Getting Brighter” and Healthcare as “Healthy.” Some other sectors, notably Construction and IT, are mixed.

“The universe is oozing with opportunities of every shape and form every day,” says Cheetah’s LaBrosse. “What blinds us to many of these is fear. Fear of change, fear of failing, and even fear of success.”

What to do?

“The reality is, we don’t have control over what happens ‘out there,’ we can only control how we react to it,” LaBrosse advises. “When others are focused on negativity, find the positive aspects in any situation. When you choose freedom over fear, every time, you will open yourself up to opportunities.”

Those considering Project Management as a career should visit http://www.CheetahSmartStart.com to learn more about becoming a Certified Project Manager as well as request Cheetah's free Exam Prep SmartStart Guide for the PMP.

Cheetah Learning has been documented as having the highest audited continuous pass rate on the PMP exam for 10 years. In 2008, the Project Management Institute (PMI) recognized Cheetah as Professional Development Provider of the Year.

LaBrosse, a single mother of two, started Cheetah from scratch and grew it into a multi-million dollar powerhouse in the Project Management education field, a competitive arena with 1,600 providers who are PMI registered. Because of her accomplishments, PMI selected LaBrosse as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the World. Her book, “Cheetah Project Management,” is available at http://www.CheetahStore.com.

For more information, call (888) 659-2013. Outside the U.S., call (602) 220-1263.

ABOUT: Cheetah Learning is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider and is International Association of Continuing Education and Training Certified. Cheetah was awarded the Project Management Institute Professional Development Provider of the Year for 2008 for the significant contribution it made to the field of project management with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management.

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