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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Project Management and Careers: Working Skillfully, Timely and Ethically

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Officially, project manager is a job title that comes with a certain set of skills, certifications, and employment. Off the record, everyone needs to be a project manager. Executive coaches are handling changing client loads, professional development activities, social media and more. Counselor Educators are directing student experiential activities, syllabi requirements, departmental responsibilities and more. Job seekers are juggling… well, you get the idea. The point is we all can learn from what official project managers regularly do well. ~ Melanie Reinersman,

FOCUS ON: Project Management Skills

Keeping work on schedule is a skill most project managers possess. The same skill can be applied to a job search or leadership role. Project managers’ tricks may include making tomorrow’s to-do list at the end of today, checking email less, rethinking deadlines and avoiding procrastination. Read more from

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: The Project Manager

This complex career pays like other professions: according to geographic location, certification and experience. While the average pay is around $90,100 it is important to look at the variances. Check out these maps, showing entry- mid- and senior-level salaries for project managers across the United States.


Project management involves decision making that can either build trust or suffer long-term negative effects. The root of how to build trust is in ethical decision making. The Project Management Institute (PMI) helps guide its members’ behavior and deepen both knowledge and perspective via the Code of Ethics and the Ethical Decision-Making Framework. Read more at

TOP TEN: Competencies Counselors Need to Understand and Master

Integrity is one of the most common words found when looking at project managers. Team building and communication are the least surprising characteristics. The one that may be most meaningful could be composure. Read all ten qualities.

YOUR LIBRARY: Infographic on Famous Project Managers in American History

Head to the library (or your Kindle) to select readings on these famous project managers. From the designer of NYC’s Central Park to Steve Jobs, these famous people offer a wealth of information and inspiration. View the infographic.


“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Edward Hale
“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan and not quite enough time.” - Leonard Bernstein


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