- leadership skills
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- persistence and determination
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- business management skills
- maths knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
- finding out what the client or business wants to achieve
- agreeing timescales, costs and resources
- drawing up a plan for each project stage
- negotiating with contractors and suppliers
- choosing and leading a project team
- constantly monitoring progress, quality and costs
- reporting regularly to senior managers and the client
- using specialised software and spreadsheets for planning, costing and analysing risks
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
If you're working in the IT industry, you could get a certificate in project management through The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).
With experience, you could move into senior management or become a freelance consultant.