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July 20, 2015

Meet Amber Bales, senior project manager at CompTIA

If there’s one thing Amber Bales is not, it’s bored at her job.

“It’s a constant learning experience,” she says.

Amber, a senior project manager at CompTIA, manages the scope, budget and timeline of various corporate projects.

“A typical day is very fast-paced,” she says. “I attend a lot of meetings and facilitate them, and I have to check in on tasks and statuses. It’s very rewarding and satisfying to see a project come to fruition.”

In the course of her work, she often encounters situations that are new or unfamiliar to her. That’s when she asks the most questions.

“I am constantly thrown into situations where I am not always an expert in that functional area, so I don’t naturally know what the risks are,” Amber says. “I have to ask the right questions to develop a contingency plan.”

Although she works in a technical field, the skills she brings are not necessary highly technical.

“You don’t have to be a mathematician or a scientist to be a good project manager,” she says. “You just need good communication skills and to be extremely detail oriented and organized. I’m learning something new every day.” 

Amber’s insights are part of a video series sponsored by CompTIA , the IT industry association, and its philanthropic arm, the Creating IT Futures Foundation.

The video series was developed to show people who are considering IT for a career path the wide range of positions available within technology — as well as the types of skills the IT industry needs in employees. Amber, for example, says her organization and communication skills have served her quite well in the IT industry.

Data shows that as many as 620,000 IT-related jobs went unfilled in 2014 because of a lack of qualified candidates. IT careers offer stability, flexibility and unlimited potential — plus salaries well above the national median wage, which is great for families.

Hear Amber’s story — as well as those of other IT professionals — by visiting the Creating IT Future Foundation’s Youtube “Test Drive” playlist