Saba Mahmood, a Freelance Digital Project Manager gave up some of her valuable time to talk to us exclusively about her market and the best route to being successful…
After many years in production and bouncing around various freelance roles, Saba found her calling in project management. With her favourite type of project being either an experimental, event based or software based, she found when scoping projects throughout her career her previous experience in media, ranging from publishing to events to creative and PR helped her strive forward.
When grounding her methodologies that she uses in her day-to-day practises she concentrated on completing studies in Prince 2 and PMP. Throughout her career path she has only had one permanent role and states;
“it’s great to opt for freelancing as it brings you the variety. It helps you grow your skills in key areas whilst working for a variety of different agencies. You can always bring something new to the table but still be able to take something away.”
Saba described to us what different agencies will be looking for when hiring an individual. Traits varied from the importance of organizational skills to the ability to stick with a project until the end, with the drive to be able to push the project forward. Being able to resource and plan with time management skills is important when managing an MS project. But most importantly Saba describes to us that communication skills and the ability to risk manage is a factor that will put you ahead of your competitors if you are able to give examples of putting them into action.
When breaking into the industry, Saba's advise is to learn the best methodologies such as Prince 2, Agile, and gain a PMP credential which will give you a much needed boost. Most people breaking into the market will start of as a project assistant or assistant project manager, this is a good way to climb up the ladder and from there you can make vital decisions such as turning to the freelance world. “Don’t be afraid to start as a project assistant it can give you the chance to show what you can do to be recognised.”
When asked what types of challenges will face an aspiring digital PM trying to get a foothold in the industry? Saba identifies the below,
• Goal identification
• Scope changes
• Lack of accountability
• Improve risk management
• Ambiguous contingency plans
• Impossible deadlines
• Lack of stakeholder engagement
Saba's key advise is;
“Try everything. Being an overall is really helpful in project management as you are able to understand creative & tech and overcome issues that can arise in projects also be hardworking in each freelance role as it helps to build contacts.”
Over the next few years Saba expects that project management could become more client facing and hybrid, so is this an industry you would like to be a part of? If so please get in contact with Andrew
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