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How Do I Become a Project Supervisor?

Project supervisors often have to lead teams to complete a project.
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  • Written By: Whitney Leigh White
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 24 June 2014
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To become a project supervisor, many employers will prefer that you complete some type of formal education, certification, or special training. No matter what industry in which you want to work, as a project supervisor, there are several general skills that you need, which include a strong ability to communicate, good time management, and a thorough understanding of any regulations, policies, and guidelines that affect the project that you are supervising. Being able to work as a team player while at the same time being a leader is also essential to becoming a project supervisor. Taking advantage of volunteer opportunities in which you can obtain hands-on experience is of the utmost value.

Educational courses to become a project supervisor are available at many colleges and universities, with some leading to degrees or certifications. Since degree programs to become a project supervisor vary depending on the industry in which you prefer to work, speak with a student advisor to see which courses you need to complete. Almost all curriculums to become a project supervisor focus to some degree on communication, finance, business, and marketing topics. Many classes are available online and can provide you with individualized instruction through interactive simulations, activities, and a number of beneficial assessment tools.

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Duties as this type of supervisor vary depending on the type of project on which you are working, but there are general skills that you will need. One is the ability to tame your personality so that you can be a strong communicator while at the same time considerate. You should also maintain a professional appearance, which includes clean, pressed clothes and a confident persona. To further your knowledge and sharpen your skills as a project supervisor, make sure to take advantage of any workshops, seminars, and volunteer opportunities that come your way. This is one of the best ways to learn exactly what it takes to become a project supervisor because you will obtain hands-on experience.

The impact that you have on your project and its members can be immeasurable in this occupation, making it essential that your motivational skills are top-notch. In fact, your ability to motivate and guide your project team is what determines how well you will succeed as a project supervisor. An excellent way to stay fresh on how to become a source of motivation for your team is by conducting a quick search on the Internet. There are many articles, some scholarly, as well as online activities that you can view and learn from, and a large number are available for free.

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