Career Advice for Project Manager
Looking for some advice for where I should take my career. I’m Project Manager II with 15 YOE currently making just over $100k/yr. I have mostly worked/consulted for government acquisitions and been involved in minor supporting roles for proposal writing/business dev. I will soon (6 months or less) be in a Program Manager position if I stay the course. I have a BS in psychology, minor in Communication with a focus on organizational comms. I have completed PMP training and will have PMP cert soon.
Im not entirely satisfied working in defense and would love to get into a new line of work. Companies I think I’d enjoy working for hire a lot of product managers, but I don’t really have PLM experience nor marketing. That being said, client/stakeholder mgmt/relations/xp I’ve got tons of and obviously project management. But I don’t know that I could be competitive there. Project Management outside of acquisitions in Defense typically want someone more geared to software projects, which I don’t have legit experience with. My business dev xp is light so my accomplishments there are minimal for bragging about to stand out I fear.
What would you suggest I start looking at career wise if I want to transition away from the defense industry? Can I do so without taking a major pay cut? What advice would you give to someone with my background to be more competitive in my job search in other industries? What industries should I target? What would be the most lucrative thing I could do with my career/experience?