China Industry Spotlight: Project Management
Managing projects well is the key to success for virtually every company in the world. The primary reason projects are important is because they exist to reduce costs, increase profit and efficiencies or all three. Every project will have goals that need to be met by a certain date and the achievement of these goals will help the company achieve their annual strategy. If the company meets their profit targets, then bonuses for all (sometimes)! Everyone is happy when projects go well. However, project management is extremely challenging and can be stressful for certain types of people, as you have to possess a variety of skills to excel in this type of fast-moving position. First, a project manager needs to have excellent communication skills. They are able to reduce a complicated objective into simple terms that everyone understands. Second, a project manager is excellent at delegation and leadership.
They know the strengths and weaknesses of each person on their team and always play to each person’s strengths. They also solve problems that arise either between team members or problems with the project itself. A leader knows how to motivate and encourage their team and listens to them. Project managers are good at all these things. Next, a project manager needs to have some degree of technical skill. Projects nowadays involve a significant amount of computer software and hardware. If the project is to survey customers better, for example, then finding the right software and adapting it to the project’s needs is going to be a huge chunk of that project. Fourth, a project manager needs to speak the language of different departments. This goes beyond just knowing specific terms and acronyms that each department uses. It means that the project manager needs to know the pain points of each department and any resistance they might have to change. By knowing each department extremely well, the project manager can get each department head to buy into the changes that the project requires. Fifth, a project manager must have good financial and time management skills. Staying on budget and completing the project on time can make or break a project.
As you can see, being a manager of a project is sort of like being a superhero! You’re pretty much good at everything. Luckily, you can learn these skills and don’t need to be born on planet Krypton to win a job in this area. Professional project managers often pursue certifications such as the PMP (project management professional) or PgMP, which help them learn, step by step, how to run a successful project. Another way to learn project management skills is to start interning.
Running a project in China can be even more challenging as you must identify the different work styles of each team member. Each culture has their own way of working and communicating. Chinese people usually bond outside of the office so taking your project members out for some karaoke will most likely ensure a much happier team. Chinese companies are currently looking for foreign staff to manage their projects that may involve the country which you are from in order to ensure that project’s success. If you’re interested in project management and/or China, now is the time to get some great experience working abroad.
Gi2C Group can help you find a project management internship and learn more about China’s unique culture along the way with an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai. Internships are the perfect opportunity to test different industries and company environments to learn about what type of career best suits you.
- Research and analyze data trends and process workflows
- Performance monitoring and project updates
- Department meeting coordination and other support tasks
- Identify potential problems and come up with solutions
Experience and qualifications:
Preferably a graduate with a Bachelor’s in Business. Some previous experience with project management is ideal. Basic formula and graph skills in Excel and other are project software is important. Must be detail oriented with excellent communication skills.