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Is it bad to specialize into PMO?

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On so many levels

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If you choose to leave consulting it will be pretty hard to market yourself

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Not from a career trajectory perspective, but sounds incredibly boring to me

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LMAO

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Will you always be in high demand? Yes. Is it bad for your enjoyment of life? Also yes.

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After 5 yrs, might find yourself out of a job....

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Good team, and client will have work for us for the next 3-5 years.

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OP you can go and be a full time project manager in industry anywhere especially after you get a PMP

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That specialization is the equivalent to a bank teller. You'll soon be automated out of existence. Listen to me: don't do it.

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Honestly McK1, everything in MC seems boring to me. Just picking where I see the best opportunity for myself.

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No offense to PMO folk out there, but It's like saying you want a career as an assembly line worker (or call center specialist, or data entry manager, or tax preparer). It's a dead end. Automation and AI are coming for you.

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It is if you want to be liked by your peers

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If it was up to me I would be doing strategy work, but we don't have much where I am.

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Fair. I do mostly commercial work, and I avoid anything that isn't growth oriented. To each his own however, and I think there are plenty of consultants who have made careers out of pmo.

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Take the PMO train until you get promoted, then jump to a more interesting role

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What do PMO analysts do anyway, maintain the project management plan, follow up on deliverable status etc?

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I have been doing pmo for massive restructuring engagements in supply chain. Don't agree with comments that there is no trajectory. My restructuring knowledge has increased tremendously. It depends on how you see it and what you make out of it.

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No if you are truly pmo there are a lot of people who think they are pmo they are project analysts not even project managers based on there descriptions. As a pmo specialist I get involved in strategy, planning, management, working with partners extensively. And I generally don't start managing anything until you are talking multimillion dollar programs. I manage a combo of things resource management, budget, governance, schedules, risks etc. it doesn't mean I wrote the plans, or the risks I oversee the team who managed them, works to ensure they are realistic etc. I have done a ton of rolls from enterprise architect, project management, trouble specialist, strategy advisor to running my own consulting firm. PMO was the one where I can drive results in different ways, gain partner exposure, work on large scale proposals and have both a vertical and horizontal speciality.

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Yes

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Call me the PMO man I'm going in. None of you are welcome at my funeral.

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Manager / Partner are supporting my step up role on current project but SA (newly promoted) has started assigning me all their tactical work on a workstream I don’t own/am not responsible for. I want to help and be a team player but this is also not really helping my career goals —- Is there any way for me to tell them to do their own stuff or do I need to keep doing their dirty work until I get promoted ? Long term project so team is unlikely to change for 5-6months

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Anyone interested in joining happy hours to meet other consultants? I travel to NYC and thought it would be a good idea

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What is the best way to navigate between different service lines (I.e., from federal management consulting to commercial strategy)

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TFW you find out the pitch you poured your life into last year is actually still going on, but you aren’t working on it anymore. And it’s still got your ideas in the presentation deck 💃🏻

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