Women Veterans Career Network

Project Management; Family, Life, and Career balance

Acquiring a new skill is a journey. To allow fresh ideas to flow in, we must be open to new opportunities. Sometimes, we’re our most prominent critic because of fearing what others may say or think. When we continuously tear ourselves down, we subconsciously give up hope. So, we need to become our biggest cheerleader. Not in a narcissist, but in a supportive way. Being kind to oneself is the highest level of support we could ever receive as humankind, and it provides many benefits. Being kind to yourself produces higher levels of self-esteem and confidence, which can be perceived by others as being gentle and compassionate.

The greatest gift we can ever give to ourselves is love. If we could only love ourselves as much as we love others, everything in our world would shift. It would be easier to forgive others, receive love from those who genuinely care, and accept the changes we experience. Here are a few practices that can help you begin the process of preparing yourself for the journey of a new career as a project manager.

Follow these steps to ensure that you’re going in the right direction:

  • Start with the basics. We often jump past the fundamentals to speed up the learning process to say, “it’s complete.” Take the time to absorb new information without having prejudgement. Approach the situation with a fresh mind and be eager to learn something new. Be sure it’s in alignment with your overall goals, and not just another wealth of knowledge. To find the right road, begin with material that explains how and where to get started.
  • Break down the tasks. The larger the project, the higher the distance can seem overwhelming at first. Break your journey into manageable segments and avoid getting frustrated. If there are many steps, use a calendar and project them as goals. Name what you intend to accomplish within each project, and by when you want to have them completed.
  • Become an expert at each segment. Don’t move forward with this step until you’ve tested your knowledge. Try to get the same measurable results over and over again before you move on.
  • Let go of the past. As we get older, it can seem harder to pick up new skills, sometimes because of fears or old habits. When you’re learning something new, train your mind to let go of preconceived ideas that will slow your progress. Create new practices that support your unique desires, and that will encourage you to continue pursuing your dreams.
  • Ask for directions. The key to understanding is to ask questions. Consult with experts who can guide you toward your destination. Develop some test questions for yourself as a way to really confirm your understanding of the material, and also help you to retain the information you’ve learned. Before you know it, you’ll increase your skillset. If you want to discover the full benefits of project management, invest in the CAPM Certification. You’ll find a plethora of opportunities that will provide an array of flexibility that can fit the needs of being a teleworker, freelancer, or entrepreneur.   

Either one of these positions can benefit the military woman and provide her with options that meet the needs of her desire for a balanced life and career.