Exploration is key
I was always good at computing and maths at school, and at home, I was the go-to person to fix things, which led me to pursue a technical degree. Studying Computer Science, I realised that I usually fall into the role of project manager when doing group work. I started exploring internships that would revolve around PM roles on technology projects. Later, I went back to IBM for the graduate scheme, and, deciding to join the rotation scheme, I spent a year in Strategic Sales as a bid manager, and a year on multiple projects in delivery. This cemented that I wanted to do PM/Scrum Master roles in delivery focusing on innovative technical projects. During my latest project, I’ve been a delivery lead from the beginning, and it’s been a great experience.
Get outside of your comfort zone
In technology, there is no opportunity to get bored. With every new client and project, it’s almost like you’re starting a new company. All clients are different, sometimes you have to learn about them in a short space of time which is key to nurturing relationships and making good decisions. Dealing with the unknowns is probably the hardest but most interesting part of what I do. Learning quickly, moving fast, and stepping outside your comfort zone, can be taxing, but a healthy amount of stress means I’m growing and developing.