Military veterans have handled complex projects, learned to think strategically and have been trained to adapt to new technologies. They have the personal and performance competencies to succeed as project managers. This experience combined with a PMI credential, can open doors to rewarding new opportunities
Project management is an excellent post-service career that is a great fit with many of the skills and disciplines learned in the service. It is the profession that can offer a natural transition for defense professionals. As per the PMI Talent Gap: Ten-Year Employment Trends, Costs, and Global Implications report, the outlook of project management-oriented employment projects that South Asia risks losing US$ 28.1 billion in GDP due to lack of sufficient number of project managers. There will be demand for 16.4 million project management oriented employment in South Asia region by 2030. Project talent is at the forefront of a substantial opportunity in South Asia region. An increase in the number of jobs requiring project management skills is particularly prevalent in developing and emerging countries like India with approx. 500,000 estimated job openings annually.
Our aim is to equip the defense community with relevant skillset and help veterans find employment in the project management profession, using benefits offered through membership, certification, and community support.
Knowledgeable and experienced, PMI-certified professionals are trusted by employers around the world.
A certification from PMI makes it easy to show you have the experience to get the job done as a project manager.
Increase your marketability and open the door to additional career opportunities with higher salaries
According to PMI’s Project Management Salary Survey 2021, Project Management Professional (PMP)® certified professionals earn 16% higher on average than those without the PMP certification.
The PMP® certification is the most suitable one for retiring defense personnel. NAMAC also recommends that the personnel, especially those with a background in IT, pursue DA certifications. The Certified Associate in Management (CAPM)® program is recommended for young officers and artificers. These courses will reduce any skill gaps and increase their readiness for new professions. A PMI certification can be a game changer for someone seeking a second career. A retiree will also benefit from the networking that comes with being a PMI member.
Commodore NN Rao Retd.
Director, Naval Maritime Academy