I didn’t fully realize it until last year, but I am a natural project manager.
What started out as a penchant for closet organization and detailed, colour coded notes in school evolved into a passion I apply daily in my career.
I spent nearly a decade honing my PM skills before deciding to test myself and figure out whether I merely had an aptitude for project management or if I truly loved it. (Listen Project Management…it’s not you, it’s me…)
So I spent the last 5 years as a marketing manager in CRM, product marketing and acquisition and media. It was glamorous and exciting, I had a front-row seat (and backstage pass) to photoshoots, talk show segment and DRTV commercial production. Best of all, I continued to manage projects when I wanted to. I spent the last year and a half of this time focused on acquisition marketing at a new company. This was my chance to find out! Was marketing my passion? Did I have the aptitude for it? Would I miss project management?
It was challenging and exciting working in B2B marketing for the first time. The product, the people and the company culture were amazing but something wasn’t right. At first I chalked it up to missing my former co-workers but as time went on things became clear.
The thrill for me was not in finding new acquisition sources, writing copy and briefing creative, it was in outlining the tasks involved in reaching these milestones. The checklists, plans, resource negotiations, problem solving and process design sparked my creativity.
It finally dawned on me…I am a project manager.
I enjoyed my time in marketing and have no regrets, in fact I fully realized my love for reporting metrics and data analysis during this time. Ultimately, the experience I gained is a great supplement to my project management skills but in the end it was really no contest.
Project Management…I’m Back! For Real.
Until next time,