Do you think exploring all industries is a good choice?
Hello! I am still not sure if being a "project manager" is a good fit for me. Currently, I am open to trying out internships in different industries. I want a job that is flexible to work with. Should I pick one industry to explore or should I pick what's available for me? I would love to connect on Linkedin to learn more about your careers.
I say prioritize! Pick at least three (3) industries you wish to target, visualize yourself to be in that target industry, and then start working hard to be in your desired industry. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail; and if your plan is not specific enough, then that's not a smart goal. Later in life you can look back and share this with your kids with conviction as opposed to saying "I didn't really know how I got here, LOL."
There are so many interns applying, you never know which employer will select you to interview .
Also apply early. I worked the early career college programs for interns and entry-level associates and the amount of applications we received were off the charts, but few were chosen.
I think it is a great idea to explore all industries. My engineering degree is in biomedical engineering, my first job as an engineer was designing oil tools, and now I work as a product manager in tech. Being a project manager has opened doors in so many industries. Learning project management teaches you how to influence others to get work done. Most senior-level positions are some form of project or program management anyways! My recommendation would be to look into becoming PMP certified - this is a certification recognized across industries as a badge that you know how to manage a project.
Since you are not yet in college, I would encourage you to explore a branch of engineering. While you may not end up as an "engineer", engineering degrees help teach you how to think and solve problems. Engineers make great project managers because you learn to identify what is wrong in a situation and come up with solutions.
As for industries - keep note, just about every business has some sort of PM need, especially larger companies as they scale projects to larger business needs. What industries interest you? Telecom, Clothing, manufacturing, travel, sports, even schools need PMs. Think about what you would like to surround yourself with and if you could get close to something you enjoy, it makes being a PM a better opportunity. Watch for companies that are doing massive amounts of hiring, they need PMs to help manage hiring, training, etc. Start seeking businesses that you would enjoy first, and then start reaching for other industries/companies to get your name out there.
Wish you much luck. Life is a journey and there are many paths that will guide you in your career. Don't feel that you have to stick to one thing as you will discover much in the years ahead. Just make sure you take a step forward, and then another...repeat!