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Talent Tuesdays – The inside on how to be a Project Manager

As part of our ‘Talent Tuesdays’ offering, Project Manager Natasha Buddle gives her tips on how to survive within the Project Management world.

Tell us about what your job involves?

The organisation of multiple elements to drive a project to completion. In a nutshell this involves: creating scheduling, budgeting, project plans, managing third party companies and client expectations for delivery.

How did you get to where you are now?

I took an interesting route, from my art school beginnings all those years ago in middle earth, I then went on to pursue a career in photography. From shooting I moved in to the management of the studio and from there I wanted to expand beyond the still image and move into a much wider variety of creative output. All these years on I’m happy I took this path as the projects I now manage span a plethora of sectors, and the outputs we create are from an educated framework of highly skilled professionals.

What are the biggest challenges and how do you overcome them?

Time (or lack of time) and changing timelines are always a constant battle for Project Managers. Timelines are never going to be set in stone for all projects and a certain level of flexibly is required. It’s a matter of setting clear goals and reviewing on a regular basis to ensure your projects stay in control, ensuring your client is aligned with the progress and also clear on deadlines, and what will happen if deadlines are not met.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working with a diverse range of people with a wide variety of skills covering the multiple service areas of our industry. Not only are they talented, they are also approachable. Conversations or discussions with these groups helps to expand company knowledge as a whole.

What characteristics do you need to do your job?

To be upbeat, versatile and determined!

How do you think your job will evolve over the next few years?

The nature of the job is ever evolving, from emerging social media, capabilities of digital technology & data and new devices, what we can deliver and how we deliver is ever changing.

What would you recommend to anyone thinking of doing what you do?

Go for it! But perhaps only if you have a love for spreadsheets, organisation and if you have that determined drive to deliver! Then once you work as a project manager, ensure that you have a full understanding of the project you are going to manage. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions so you have a clear view of what you are delivering.