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  • Writer's pictureRachael Milne

My Unconventional Journey into Project Management

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

When I started to investigate project management some years ago, I didn't quite know where it would lead me. So, I did what any curious soul would do – I reached out to friends in the field to get their insights and find out if I had what it takes to be a Project Manager.

To my surprise, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Many of them pointed out that I was already performing a Project Manager's role.

At the time, I held the position of Operational Director at an educational facility and had recently completed a master's level diploma in teaching.

"Isn't organising your study around a demanding work and home life a form of project management?" they asked.

I was unconvinced.

So I took a bold move and relocated from Spain to England where I hoped to embark on my project management journey.

"Fate loves the fearless" - James Russell Lowell

Imagine my shock when, through the wizardry of LinkedIn, Russell Moore, a former manager I hadn't seen in 16 years who was, at that time Head of Resourcing at Aspira, a prominent project management consultancy, reached out to me. He asked if I could help him out for a few months using my experience from my first career, as recruiter.

Fast forward 5 years, numerous projects, PM qualifications; Diploma of Project Management, CaPM, Scrum Master, Prince2, and the illustrious PMP. My journey saw me making two international moves, to Cork and then Lisbon, where I spearheaded the start up launch of the Nearshore business.

And now, I'm thrilled to announce that I'm a PMI Authorised Training Provider (ATP) Instructor, offering PMP exam preparation courses to people on the same exciting journey I once embarked upon.

As I continued to gather experience in project management, I see now there was an unexpected twist – my teaching qualifications became my agile track back into the classroom. (See what I did there?)

I've recently embarked on a freelance career as a PM Consultant and Trainer. My goal is simple – to share my project management experience and wisdom with other companies venturing on the startup path or match with PMP training providers in search of talent.

"Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world." - Hillary Clinton

To learn more about my journey and how I can assist you on yours, visit my website at

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