Project managers can command upwards of $140,000 a year. A new Google certification can help you become one in 6 months.

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In March, Google launched three new Career Certificates in project management, UX design, and data analytics. These certifications are part of Grow with Google, the company’s initiative to help professionals grow their skills, careers, and businesses by providing free trainings and tools. 

A Grow with Google spokesperson told Insider that 82% of program graduates report a positive career impact within six months of completion, such as a raise, promotion, or new job. No degree or experience is required to enroll, and with around 150 hours of work (or 10 hours a week), students can complete the programs in around six months. 

High demand for project managers

A study from the Project Management Institute (PMI) — a company that Google tapped to help build the curriculum — revealed a massive need for skilled project-management professionals across different industries. 

PMI’s findings show that the global economy will need 25 million new project-management professionals by 2030 — and 2.3 million people will need to enter related roles every year to keep up with demand. 

Not only are project management-related jobs in demand, but it can be a lucrative field. A 2020 PMI "Earning Power" study pegged the median salary for a project manager in the US at $116,000 (across diverse industries), with some earning upwards of $140,000. 

Also according to PMI research, those with the Project Management Professional certification report higher median salaries than those without.

What the Google certification entails

A Grow with Google spokesperson said that Google consulted a number of organizations like Asana and Scrum.org to build its examples and content. 

During the coursework, students complete hands-on activities like putting together a project charter, project plan, stakeholder analysis, and communication plans for a fictional company. These activities end with a corresponding quiz to check knowledge before comparing their work to an exemplar. 

The final course is a capstone project in which students follow a project manager from a project’s kick-off to retrospective, creating a portfolio of documentation and practicing communicating with stakeholders.

Google worked with PMI to ensure Google was a PMI Authorized Training Partner, so that upon completion of the certificate program graduates earn 100 hours of project-management education that they can use to pursue globally recognized PMI credentials like the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification, at a discounted price.

Placing grads in roles

After finishing the certification, graduates can take advantage of 12 months of free access to Big Interview, which allows job seekers to record themselves responding to mock-interview questions and receive feedback on their responses, as well as prepare their résumé using the system’s résumé-building tools.

They can also share their résumé with an employer consortium of over 150 companies — including Google — that consider graduates for related roles. 

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Robin Madell July 22, 2021 at 09:39PM

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