Life as a Digital Project Manager

Ever wondered what life as Digital Project Manager is really like? What exactly does a Digital Project Manager do, what does it take to become one? If you are thinking of adding one to your team and are wondering what one might look for in an employer, we have all the facts for you.

We caught up with Monica Maya, Digital Project Manager at Studio Six to get her perspective.

ADLIB: In approx. 30 words and plain English, what do you do?
Monica Maya: I ensure a web project is planned, built and launched to meet the client’s needs, on time and within the budget.

ADLIB: In a nutshell, what has been your career journey so far?

MM: I did Business Management in University and worked for a few years as a Project Coordinator for a small environmental charity in Colombia, South America, helping with their Marketing plans. Once these plans were up and running fairly smoothly, I decided to move to Bristol and complete a Masters in International Relations, after which I ended up working in the Environment Agency as a Digital Officer. Encouraged by my Line Manager, I achieved my Prince2 qualification and started my career in Project Management. After five years managing various Digital projects at the Environment Agency, I joined the fixed-term contracting world. I have since worked as a (Digital) Project Manager for the Soil Association and two digital agencies in Bristol.

ADLIB: What do you like most about your job?
MM: Being able to change a chaotic and reactive work environment into a more structured and efficient one, and being exposed to so many talented people everyday, whether it’s colleagues or clients.

ADLIB: What are the 3 key things you consider when choosing an employer?
MM:
1. Work environment
2. Type of projects
3. Ethos

ADLIB: What 3 top tips would you give someone to ensure that their skills and knowledge remain top notch?
MM: Network — whether it’s making Linkedin connections, staying in touch with people you’ve worked with, in particular those that have made a positive impact, or joining communities of practice
LMGTFY — Let me google that for you!

I rely on google for a lot, whether it’s finding out how other people have approached a similar obstacle or have some background information on a client or a specific project

Youtube and Podcast — there are tons of amazing channels that have the latest news, findings, trends and collaborative ways of working that will keep you updated on what the Project Management gurus have proposed and tested!

Thank you Monica for sharing!

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