February 2014 Skill of the Month: Project Management

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Welcome back to campus.  We hope you've had a chance to plan for a successful spring semester.  

PSPP's skill of the month is Project Management.  Successfully managing a project requires a variety of skills ranging from technical knowledge, planning and organization to working with fellow project members and successfully completing the project on time.  Check out Monster.com's "Why Project Managment Skills Can Make You an IT Hero" to learn more about this skill's importance to employers-- the article focuses on the value of project management in Information Technology fields, but can be generalized for any setting.

There are campus resources that are available to you here at the University of Minnesota to help you develop valuable skills that you can apply to coursework and future employment.  The Office of Information Technology offers a useful project management toolkit with a variety of resources to help you proceed with your project.  The University also provides access to lynda.com, including project management video tutorials.

Don't forget to document your skills on your online portfolio so you can showcase them to prospective employers.  Here's an overview of some different options for tools you can use to set up an online portfolio:

Here are some basic elements to add to your online portfolio before sharing it with

potential employers and other professional contacts:

  • Your name and contact information

  • Photo of yourself in your professional persona

  • Links to and from your resume

  • Samples of work you've produced (paper, poster, video, presentation slides, etc.)

  • Description of significant professional development/experiences (intensive training courses, volunteer leadership positions, etc.)

  • Context (summary, headline, group exhibits into relevant categories, describe what skills you gained and how they're applicable to your career goals, etc.)

The  UMN Job Fair is coming up on February 21 and is a great opportunity to use your online portfolio.

You can look for more opportunities on all the professional skills at the PSPP Moodle Page

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