An “accidental” Project Manager, as the name implies, is someone who starts out in a non-Project Management role but, over time, pivots to project work that requires the skills of a project management professional.
They are professionals who get assigned the role due to their company/industry knowledge, technical expertise, interpersonal skills, and other factors.
Women tend to have fewer years of Project Management experience (9.8 for women -11.4 for men) and are less likely to have a degree in project management (37% of women – 42% of men).
This report claims that women are often “accidental” Project Managers, starting their careers in different fields only to be introduced to the sector at some point.
Key takeaway: Project Management certifications are an ideal way of introducing female employees to the project management sector earlier in their careers.
Certifications and courses in Project Management help you acquire the skills and knowledge to work in the project management sector; they also demonstrate your value to potential employers and colleagues.
We recommend the Agile Project Management and PRINCE2 qualifications to people interested in pursuing a project management career and one day becoming a Project Manager.