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Why Did I Become a Business Applications Project Manager? – Balu Chandra

Balasubramanian Chandrasekaran is a member of the ProjectManagers.Org community. He shares his story on why he became a Business Applications Project Manager in the following interview:

Why did you become a Project Manager?

I am Passionate in doing my work as I love the job that I do. Well I being a Project Manager made me to realize that I can add value added Services to my clients being in that position by containing cost, quality, time, and scope which I feel the basic quadrangle of Project Management.

What work were you doing previously?

Previously I was working as Project Leader in which I used to lead the projects as Technical Lead.

What are you doing now?

Currently working as Manager, IT Applications which is managing Enterprise Business Applications and Value Added Services for new COTS based application as Project Manager.

When was the moment you decided to make the change?

I decided to take the role of Project Manager when I felt I had all the necessary skills, experience, management support, qualifications and certifications.

Are you happy with the change?

Extremely Happy with the Job as I am in position to provide those value added services for clients to whom I work by realizing the Organizational Strategic Benefits.

What do you miss and what don’t you miss?

I do miss lot of my friends and old colleagues, as time pass by us.

How did you go about making this career move?

I made this career move by taking risks in my life which I feel are Positive Risks where to tap the Opportunities in order for me to be successful and progressive in this ever changing technology field.

What didn’t go well? What ‘wrong turns’ did you take?

There were situations things did not turn well when Transitioning the Projects to Operations due to ever changing stakeholders and clients even though we had agreed and signed scope of work and funding in place with time. There were also moments that I had struggled to get great jobs, but always I had good jobs in place.

How did you handle your finances to make your change possible?

My small savings at equal intervals helped me to make the change successful as I had invested myself in Self Learning in form of Educations, Webinars, and Professional Certifications.

What was the most difficult thing about changing?

There were difficult situation that arise when change happens. I reminded myself of my own self in terms of mindfulness and to understand when there is resistant to change to take a pause, slow down and start again. Change is always Change and it occurs with Time. We need to keep moving forward and embrace the situations that we face.

What were other difficulties and how did you overcome them?

There were difficulties in adapting to new job environment due to large and complex business units and process in place. All Business units were SILO type and for me to integrate and TIE the Business Units by moving from SILO to Single Framework was very difficult. But I overcome the same over the years of providing value added services be it small or big.

What help did you get?

I am blessed and the gratitude that I practice from my family, friends are the help that I get and making me to survive.

What have you learnt in the process?

I learned to be Quite. When we are quite inside everything starts working around us in our favor. I learned to master the skill of LISTEN.

What do you wish you’d done differently?

Trying to be Mindful always and calm inside.

What would you advise others to do in the same situation?

Just be BOLD enough to face the reality of Life and Keep Moving.

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