How To Achieve A Successful Career In Construction Project Management .

More than twenty-nine (29) years ago, I began my career in project management as an engineer in the construction industry in the Philippines.

Then, I went to work abroad in the year 2007 with a construction company and now I’m currently employed with a design & consultancy company since the year 2009 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Why I’m telling you this?

Because looking back then, developing your project management skills can be a long, one-way career path.

Meaning, you can become good at managing construction projects through exposure of one construction project after the other.

But NOT anymore for you, because I’m going to show you the career path so you can take the necessary preparation to become effective and successful in the construction industry in a short period of time. 

The good news is, there are standards in project management where you can learn step by step and apply these tools and techniques, and best practices to your projects easier than you thought. 

Here are the key distinct significance of how your project management skills can do for you when you learn them from seasoned project management professionals. It will help you during the following career stages:

  • Job search
  • Joining a project team
  • Job interview for a position in construction project
  • Sustainable employment in the construction industry (contractor, consultant & designer, and project owner)
  • Professional and personal growth

 Let me explain one by one...

  1. Job search

Whether you are a fresh graduate or experience professional to work in your locality or national level, evidence of formal training could be the beginning of an end in your search for a new job.

In order to improve your job performance, you should be able to define the knowledge and skill needed for your profession to conduct your job in terms of project standards and quality.

And your project management skills can be the most significant training needs whether you will work for an owner & developer, design consultant, and contractor.

  1. Join a Project Team

Experience engineers, architects, and construction professional when asked to join a project team in a new construction contract, there are four(4) documents required to work national and more so abroad as follows:

  • Your CV highlighting your experience.
  • Training Certificates in the last 3 years

Your training certificates will serve as evidence of formal training in project management usually required by owners and employers for qualifications purposes.

The training certificates and your project management skills will increase your chances to get approval from a consultant/owner to join a project team.

During promotion and upgrading your current position, it will facilitate if you have the documents to prove you gain a level of experience, skills, and knowledge; and a training certificate will serve that purpose.

Added bonus is you can Earn a CPD through "Self Directed Learning"; read the  PRC CPD guidelines

  • Project Management skills
  • Education or Degree

Recent training and the skills acquired are critically important as evidence of your knowledge and skills, and competency in construction and project management.

In addition, education and experience, plus formal training are convincing evidence that you can perform your job well.

Moreover, competency and training are called for/implied in the Construction Contract.

Project management for beginners or fresh graduates, intermediate, and to advance level training package into one, get the Smart Pack training, 0-7 years of experience.

Check this link for the Course Overview... Smart Pack Training

 For more information email us at [email protected]

  1. Job Interview

Your ability to demonstrate your project management skills, experience, education, and training is of prime significance during a job interview.

Experience alone will not be enough to get you to where you want your career to be – especially to unique and challenging opportunities.

Moreover, interviews are conducted for the Project Manager, Engineer of all disciplines, and other key project team members; it’s the norm in construction projects.

Therefore, your ability to answer questions correctly, using advanced skills in project management, current trends, and best practices can be the differentiating factor to pass any interview and get the position you wanted.

  1. Sustainable Employment

Several ways you can sustain your job for the long haul using your  project management skills whether you will be the project manager, construction manager, project in-charge, senior engineer, design engineer, project engineer, project architect, planner scheduler, qa/qc, site engineer, and other engineers of all discipline:

  • Manage construction projects base on schedule, cost, scope, and quality.
  • Your project management skill to manage, plan, direct, monitor and control, and lead projects to successful completion is an in-demand skill.
  • Project planning skills such as Work Breakdown Structure, Project Deliverables, and Work packages to manage project scope are of first importance.
  • Create a Project Schedule is understanding the application of Critical Path Method, Precedence Diagramming Method, Logical relationship of activities, Slacks or Float, Recovery Schedule, Performance Analysis & Forecasting of Construction Projects and many more.
  • Managing Project Teams and Leadership Skills for Project Managers and Project team to name a few...

You learn these advanced project management skills in this link Certified Project Manager, 4-10 years experience and above

Check the "Course Overview" and details in this link CERTIFIED PROJECT MANAGER

So, as long as you are continually upgrading your project management skills, a time will come you will turn expert in managing construction projects; it is the skills employer and project owner are looking for to turn every project to successful completion.

5. Professional & Personal Growth
Your profession is personal

Career advantage gain through professional development isn’t purely for the benefit of the company you work for; it’s as much personal development as it is professional.

Professional training that results in in-demand skills can increase your confidence to take on challenges and opportunities for your advancement; it can make you feel more valued and sometimes even inspire you to work harder to reach your professional goals.

Because it’s quite personal, it’s always worth investing your own time and money into your career improvement by all means.

That way, it’s not at the credit of your employer and you’re not tied in at a company you want to move on from. There is a great advantage in buying into your freedom to journey in your career without any hindrances.

A journey never ends

Your professional development is always a journey till you remain active. Whether you’re new or if you’re a more seasoned employee who’s been in a lot of different roles, you should be looking at the bigger picture in your industry

You never know when you might learn something you didn't think would benefit your career competence and advancement.

 Investing in your career is investing in yourself, your family, and your loved ones.

The bottom line is not about career advancement, but to be ready and grab each opportunity as it comes your way; where the return on energy (ROE) you invested can potentially create a lifestyle for you and your family to enjoy the blessings of life together.

Don’t limit yourself to what you can become.

Now, it’s possible and all in your hands.

With God’s help…

For our Ultimate Training in Project Management...Double Certification, 5- 25 years experience and above.

Go to this link for the "Course Overview" and for more information CERTIFIED PROJECT MANAGER & CERTIFIED CONSTRUCTION MANAGER



You can achieve a successful career in construction and project management by managing the career stages (discuss above items 1-5) which you will surely encounter as you move on in your field. 

There is no better way than to plan your professional development and advancement, and to make sure what is best for you to achieve it.

And I've shown you an alternative path few might consider highlighting the significance of continuous training and learning. 

Though formal training is optional, yet it's critical for your professional growth to achieve career and personal success.

However, training if done correctly and for the right reasons is not an expense, but an investment.

Remember, you can’t go wrong with the right training.

For these reasons, you are responsible for your career growth since your professional goals will not be the same as that of your organization.

In the same manner, whatever your personal dream in life it will turn into reality as you reach your goal of professional success and achievements.

Thank you for taking the time to read.


To your career success,

Marlon A. Frando, MBA, PMP, CMQ/OE

3Web Project

Email: [email protected]

P.S - To learn more of the training to start, advance, and get certified in project management, go to this link below:

  1. SMART PACK TRAINING, 0-7 years of experience

Check the "Course Overview" for details in this link...SMART PACK TRAINING PACKAGE

  1. Certified Project Manager, 4-10 years experience and above

Check the "Course Overview" for details in this link CERTIFIED PROJECT MANAGER

  1. Double Certification, 5- 25 years experience and above, go to this link for more information  CERTIFIED PROJECT MANAGER & CERTIFIED CONSTRUCTION MANAGER



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