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Project Management graduate schemes

  • The responsibilities that project management roles involve on a day-to-day basis will vary depending on role type, seniority and sector. In general, the role of a Project Manager or Product Manager is to plan, instigate and direct the execution of specific projects, either in-house or for a client organisation. Also known as a Project Coordinator, project management professionals are responsible for ensuring that projects are completed on time, within budget, and in line with the original project scope. Junior Project Manager jobs tend to involve managing multiple projects at once, with multi-tasking being a key component of the role.

    Although the everyday duties of graduate project manager jobs vary, a Graduate Project Coordinator working for an agency can expect some variation of the following key responsibilities:

    – Working in partnership with clients on briefing and scoping projects, including critical path creation, task management, and agreeing on objectives and measurable outcomes.
    – Effective planning, liaising and management of project teams to ensure that everyone is clear on their own tasks, budgets and deadlines.
    – Supporting the efficiency and quality of internal processes
    – Acting as the client’s main point of contact, building an ongoing relationship by facilitating timely, proactive communication between all stakeholders
    – Compiling and reviewing measurement stats and outcome reports for client projects

    If these project management tasks appeal to you, feel free to browse the opportunities available on our jobs board – don’t hesitate to apply if you think you’re the right fit.

  • When considering a career in project management, many graduates turn to project manager graduate schemes. The popularity of graduate project manager schemes can be put down to fact that they are entry level project management jobs that offer great professional development, a competitive salary and essential industry exposure. For grads looking for project management opportunities but are unsure about what sector to specialise in, graduate schemes are the perfect option. As a Junior Project Manager on a graduate scheme, you will have the opportunity to rotate around lots of different areas of project management, learning a broad range of skills via a structured 1-3 year training programme. By providing these product manager opportunities, employers lead the way for graduates to transition into senior project management roles by the end of the scheme.

    If you’re hoping to join a project manager graduate scheme, you will need to be proactive and enquire about when applications open and what the application deadline is. Popular junior project management jobs like graduate schemes are so competitive that they can close early due to the large amount of applications received, so it’s important to keep updated and apply as soon as possible. If you need any advice regarding job applications, we have lots of online resources to help you through the application process, alongside the expert insights of our recruitment team.

    It’s important to note that graduate schemes are not the only way to start your journey in project management. Our careers website also has lots of immediate-start entry level project manager jobs at some of the best project management firms out there – take a look!

  • Throughout your project management career, your salary will differ depending on the responsibilities of your role, the sector that you work in and the company that you work at. As a general rule, however, project management jobs are better paid when they are of a more senior position. For instance, entry level product manager jobs like ‘Graduate Product Manager’ will have a lower salary than that of a ‘Senior Product Manager’ due to the experience and expertise required of the latter role.

    Here is a brief breakdown of some common career choices within project management and their estimated salary:

    • Assistant Project Manager – £25,000 – £30,000
    • Project Analyst – £30,000 – £40,000
    • Project Lead – £40,000 – £50,000
    • Director of Project Management – £60,000+

    The salaries above are estimates based on the average salaries for those roles, and will fluctuate depending on individual circumstances. Overall, project management jobs do offer a competitive pay package, and are a great option for graduates with excellent organisation skills who have the ability to keep many plates spinning at once.