I’d like to take more control in actively managing my career in project management rather than just leaving it to luck, how can I start doing this? Career planning and management should really be a state of mind rather than being something which is switched on or off and many factors will come in and out of play throughout your career. As you move through life, your knowledge grows and your situation changes. Your career is definitely a journey – a lifetime’s journey – but a journey that doesn’t always have a specific location or end goal. Careers in project management are never as linear as you might think. Career paths can extend in different directions due to organisational demand; specific requirements in industry sectors; new products and services. Even now we have no idea what the future holds in terms of technological and organisational developments that will be the catalyst for new types of projects. The path your career takes will also largely depend on where you are with your life commitments too; mortgages to pay and families to raise at one stage of your life will mean some opportunities are just not right for you at that time.