Military veterans seeking a meaningful and lucrative career often struggle to get a clear answer to this fundamental question after they leave their service: – what career will best suit them? Project management is one profession that offers a natural transition for defense professionals.
With their military experience in handling complex projects, the ability to think strategically, training to adapt to new technologies, and their leadership skills, veterans can effortlessly adapt their military skills to manage projects successfully in a business environment. Besides, with the demand for project management professionals growing, the chances are high that someone who has retired from the defense forces will land a new opportunity in this profession. Besides traditional project-oriented industries such as IT and construction, sectors such as finance, healthcare, real estate, and pharma and life sciences are reporting more project management positions. Organizations now seek certified professionals for these positions. According to PMI’s Project Management Salary Survey 2020, Project Management Professional (PMP)® certified professionals earn 22 percent higher on average than those without the PMP certification.
Many former defense officers have become successful project managers. Some have honed their project management skills by taking up project management certifications. In this special feature, we have spoken to veterans who have made this transition to understand their perspectives.