Project Manager @ Imaginet Cardiff
The course I studied at Swansea Metropolitan University was a HND in website management and I graduated in the year 2004.
After graduating from Uni I went into a support role at a local company in Swansea, where with my skills gained from Uni assisted in kick starting my career.
I currently work as a web project manager for a large web agency in Wales called Imaginet. The company has over 15 years experience in the web industry and have won a large number of awards within different areas. My role involves managing website projects from start to finish, using my experience within the industry to guide projects through the different stages.
The skills I learnt at University were very beneficial when I moved into my current role and allowed me to specialise within a specific type of industry. It also allowed me to gain other skills that I would be able to take into other IT roles. Skills gained at University included excellent communication skills, project documentation. accessibility, systems analysis, web management, web development and many more.
A typical day as a project manager varies from day to day. It’s always good to have a plan in place but anything can be thrown at you, at any one time so managing your workload and clients expectations are always a key area that you need to focus on.
It’s always important to make sure colleagues have everything they need to complete the project and you should always be one step ahead of everyone else, making sure that you are always available to deal with any milestones that may occur.
The most interesting aspect of being a project manager is that you are always working on something different. You could be in a kick off meeting one minute, briefing the team the next and then getting your hands dirty with some website code the next.
Lastly for anyone wanting to develop a career in the web industry, then I would recommend that if you put the effort in you can reach your goals. There is a lot of competition out there, but there is also a lot of free resources available to help you climb the ladder. The web industry changes on a daily basis so don’t think you are just going to pick up your pay cheque each month. The web moves so fast and there are so many blogs, forums and social networking sites to keep yourself up to date and get involved.