Junior Achievement Project Management Skills for Life

In the 21st century, the demand for skilled project managers is at an all-time high as organizations and agencies continue to focus on higher productivity and greater customer satisfaction with minimum resources. The PMI Educational Foundation, PMI Chicagoland and Junior Achievement of Chicago have joined forces to educate students on the importance of project management.

We are excited to present the opportunity for Project Management Professionals to work with high school students to help them understand the benefits of becoming a project management practitioner. Project management professionals are invited to serve as guest speakers in high school classrooms to discuss their career and education needed. Presentations may include an explanation of their career path, personal stories of interest, educational decisions, the joys and frustrations of the field, advice for students, and perhaps a demonstration of how they apply project management skills in their profession. This program is intended to help students better understand the direct relationship of our curricular subject areas to life skills and career opportunities in the workplace.

Project Management Professionals:

  • You will have 50 minutes in the classroom
  • Introduce yourself, your company and your profession and explain more about yourself the education and the experience that led up to your PM profession including your college or graduate study experiences
  • Be prepared to present a project management presentation using Project Management Skills for Life and Careers in Project Management. Project Management Skills for Life provides a basic understanding of project management concepts and steps you through the process – presenting a fundamental project management vocabulary and explains how to define the ‘what, when, who, they and how’ of your projects. Careers in Project Management introduce students to the career opportunities available in project management.
  • Prepare to use a JA Specific Project Management Skills for Life which includes a Power Point Presentation with instructor notes.
  • Be prepared to answer these possible questions:
  • Why project management?
  • How long did it take to get your degree(s)?
  • Why and how did you choose your PM profession?

Resource Audience Students
Student Age 13 to 19 years old
Type Curricula
Language English
Program Area Future Success
Learning Environment Community
Date 04 Nov 2011

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