I’m hopeful that some of the 11k+ people in this bowl can lend me some insight. 🙏

I’ve been in hot pursuit of a role in PM, assistant, junior, coordinator, producer. If it smells like PM I’ve been after it. I feel as though I’m consistently pushed towards a sales-ish role by recruiters “to gain experience” in a company so that I can move into a PM role for them. Is this a flat out lie? Are there any PMs here that had to embrace the suck of a cold call role before they could have the goal job? 😟

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I started in a call center, moved up to an account administrator, then account coordinator and then made the jump to project manager. This was in new construction. It took me a couple of additional years to pivot to tech/digital work. I would encourage you to keep applying and make sure you are utilizing your network for referrals and connections, you’ll get there!!

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Good to know! Thank you so much for insight into your path.

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I started as a Digital Production Coordinator and I feel that transitioning to PM would be a fairly easy move at this point!

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Knowing people and gaining a referral is definitely looking like the way in to these roles. Thank you both for your insight!

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My partner did sales as soon as he graduated with the intention to move his way up into the company into other teams. He did this for 4 years and recently got out of sales.

Do not listen to those recruiters. Once you are in sales, it is difficult to get out and recruiters will only seek you for sales roles.

I believe you'll get the right PM role, rooting for you!

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Yes, unfortunately this is what I feared. I don’t think I’m well suited for a sales role and I haven’t had much experience with recruiters so I’m having trouble navigating whether or not they’re manipulating me into it, haha. Thanks for looking out 🙏

For more context about my background: I graduated with a Business Degree in Project Management last November. Non-Traditional student, worked full time at two jobs all the way through school so I have work experience as a Store Manager now.

The background was helpful. I too was a retail store manager, so when trying to move into the corporate office they immediately assumed sales for me. I held my ground and even waited for them to have an opening in the field I was interest in. The recruiters probably assumes you would be easier placed in a sales role and they get paid for your placement. Don’t go into sales. Find a recruiter who will follow what you want to do in life.

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