Online Game Helps Teens Explore Careers in Project Management

The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and Junior Achievement (JA) Team Up for Engaging Digital Experience

Colorado Springs, CO – The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and Junior Achievement USA (JA) have teamed up to develop Project Management for All, a new online game that helps teens explore careers in project management. The game, hosted on www.JAMyWay.org, challenges players to use a Gantt chart to execute projects like making the world's largest pizza and planning a birthday party. They receive incentives and other means to “level up” as they progress through the Gantt chart.  The game introduces youth to project management fundamentals while complementary videos on the website showcase various careers in the field.

“Project management is a great profession that allows you to work in any industry and in any part of the world,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to team up with PMIEF to promote project management concepts to young people who are at beginning of exploring their career options.”

In addition to the game, youth can watch a video on www.JAMyWay.org that profiles the roles and responsibilities of real-life project managers who work in a range of industries. They can also access and download bonus project management resources made available through PMIEF.

JA My Way is Junior Achievement’s “point of entry” experience, available without charge to all interested teens. The site not only introduces teens to a wide range of potential careers, but also provides tools and resources that help users better understand how to manage money, start a business and prepare for a job search.

“Projects that deliver societal value are increasingly important in the 21st century and require a skilled workforce that can meet this global demand," said Jeannette Barr, Executive Director of PMIEF. "Our collaboration with JA familiarizes youth with fundamental project management skills and encourages them to continue to build their PM competencies so they can make a meaningful difference in their lives and the lives of others."