CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
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Rhona Aylward is the Deputy Everything Officer at Psoda, she has international project management office (PMO), programme portfolio management (PPM) and project management expertise in telecommunications, IT, local government and the public sector.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
I love seeing ideas coming to life as projects.
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
My greatest achievement wasn’t as a project manager but as a PMO person. It was setting up a multifaceted PMO for a government agency.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
It’s busy, challenging, exciting, flexible and rewarding. As it’s often not a 9 to 5 job it’s a great option for people looking for a non traditional work life – especially if they’re contractors.
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
I remember the women that were confident in their abilities, got the job done and weren’t afraid to speak up when things went wrong.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
Unfortunately it can still be difficult to be taken seriously in some industries. This is especially true if you’ve taken time out to have children, which is a real shame. It often results in highly skilled women leaving the workforce.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
Encourage women to apply for jobs where they don’t fit 100% of the requirements. Ensure there are strong role models and mentors available. Provide support where necessary.
Any other comments about Women in Project Management?
Believe in yourself and remember – opinions are like arseholes, everybody has one.
To celebrate International Women’s Day for 2018, I will be sharing the profiles and stories of some incredible women who have flourished in their project management careers. May they inspire you and the women around you to kick goals in the world of project management.
Read more about my ‘Celebrating Women in Project Management’ 50-day series here. Starts February 1, 2018.
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