Columbia, SC (PRWEB) March 17, 2012
With military drawdowns expected over the next few years, veterans looking for career opportunities should consider project management as an option, experts say. The Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com) agree, adding that the characteristics that create military leaders are the same that can enable them to succeed as project managers.
According to Army Times, that branch of the service is eyeing estimated cuts of up to 50,000 soldiers over the next five years through a combination of buyouts, separations and retirements.
“As in the 1990s, the Army may need to conduct involuntary separations to meet mandated end-strength, but we will do everything we can to shape the force through competitive promotions, re-classifications and voluntary separations before we take harsher measures,” officials said.
Writing for FoxBusiness.com, Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward, a certified executive coach trained in organizational psychology, recently penned an article headlined “Why Veterans Make Good Project Managers.”
Woodward wrote that, “Many veterans have project management experience – just under a different name. The challenge is in the translation and repackaging of their skill sets so that hiring managers spot their skills.”
He also noted that, “The latest Project Management Institute (PMI) salary survey found the median salary for project managers in the U.S. is $105,000.”
Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning, knows what it’s like to transition from a military career to civilian life. In fact, she created the origins of the Cheetah Project Management methodology as an Air Force officer in the mid-1980s. She left the service and eventually launched Cheetah Learning, a project management training company.
“I think the military is one of the best-run organizations on the planet,” LaBrosse once told an interviewer. “So any type of management training you can take, do it. It’s going to really help.”
With a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, LaBrosse, as a single mother of two, built Cheetah Learning on a solid foundation and then patiently and systematically grew it into a multi-million dollar powerhouse in the Project Management education field, a competitive arena with 1,600 providers who are registered with the Project Management Institute (PMI).
PMI recognized what LaBrosse and Cheetah epitomized, selecting her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the World; and, in October 2008, recognizing her company as Professional Development Provider of the Year for the contribution it made with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management.
In addition to founding Cheetah Learning, LaBrosse is the author of “Cheetah Negotiations,” “Cheetah Project Management” and “Cheetah Know How,” all of which are available at http://www.cheetahlearning.com/LinkTracker/track.asp?id=244
For veterans considering Project Management as a post-military career option, Cheetah offers exclusive downloads, as well as Daily Tips, Tools and Deals, if they sign up for Cheetah's free PM Skill Builder emails.
A sampling of what’s in those Skill Builder emails can be found at http://Twitter.com/MichelleCheetah and http://www.cheetahlearning.com/LinkTracker/track.asp?id=245, where it’s also possible to sign up.
To learn more about becoming a Certified Project Manager, Veterans should visit http://www.CheetahSmartStart.com, where they can 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.
For more information about Cheetah Learning and its training opportunities, call toll free in the U.S. at (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.