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Adeline Teoh

Editor of Project Manager

Adeline Teoh

"If you want to be a project manager, start by being a project team member, or take on small projects first and build your skills both formally, via training, and through experience."

Adeline Teoh is the editor and publisher of Project Manager, an online resource dedicated to providing project management professionals with the latest industry news, information, tools, and blogs, on how to start, manage and close a project.

Adeline has more than a decade of publishing experience in the fields of business and education, and has specialised in writing about project management since 2007. She is the former editor of the bi-monthly print magazine of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

1 What did you study and how has your career path evolved?

I have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Media and Cultural Studies, which pretty much turned me into a feature writer. It's hard to obtain a job as a feature writer straight off the bat, though, so I was an editorial assistant first. I eventually progressed through the ranks and ended up editing business and project management magazines, and now online resource projectmanager.com.au.

2 What advice would you offer students looking to get into the project management industry?

It isn't really an industry but a discipline within every other industry so it's not hard to 'get into': a lot of people still do their first project by accident. Having said that, a lot of sectors now realise the importance of good project management so there's now a push to make sure people have the right skills. If you want to be a project manager, start by being a project team member, or take on small projects first and build your skills both formally, via training, and through experience.

3 What are some of the upcoming trends in project management?

For several years there was a tendency for project teams to be comprised of a group of generalists but now there's a greater call to include project specialists like schedulers and risk managers, for example. The demand for agile practitioners and project managers who understand change management will also increase in the coming years.

4 What are the top 3 things employers are looking for in a project manager?

1. Stakeholder management
2. Sound decision-making skills
3. Resilience

5 What's the secret to becoming a successful project manager?

Lifelong learning. Learn from your mistakes, learn from your successes, learn from other people, and learn new skills when you can.

6 Anything else you would like to add?

Even if you don't become a career project manager, being able to 'speak' project management is always handy as more and more work is becoming projectised.

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