Teenagers? Teach Them Project Management!

PMI Educational FoundationThe Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMI EF) aims “to enrich lives through knowledge of and education in Project Management Life Skills.”

As a scholarship recipient, PMI EF paid for a portion of my doctoral studies. PMI EF contributes greatly to our society. I particularly like the Project Management Skills for Life course.

If you have teenagers or if you work with youth on various projects (e.g., church groups, community groups, Scouts), this free course is an excellent way to expose them to the project management profession. Youth can download the handbook and instructors can use the PowerPoint slides to teach the materials.

Most children aim to be doctors, lawyers, firefighters and police officers when they grow up. I am hoping that someday, we will start hearing children who would like to be project managers when they grow up!

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3 thoughts on “Teenagers? Teach Them Project Management!

  • 2010-04-06 at 03:37

    I think the only way to learn Project Management is through real experience. Teaching someone Project Management using books with no practice is a futile exercise.

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  • 2010-04-07 at 08:08

    John – Thanks so much for featuring our organization and PM Skills for Life. We greatly appreciate your support!

    PM Hut – You are absolutely right about experience being the greatest teacher of project management. We do not want to mislead readers of this guide into thinking that they can be a good project manager by reading the guide alone. It is a guide and should be accompanied by age-appropriate exercises depending on the age of the reader. Learning through projects in the classroom can give students the basic skills that are necessary in project management, and they should build on those skills once they enter the workforce.


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