Don't Stop at Certification

Lawrence Chinedu Obi is a cards, payments, project management and sales expert with 8+ years experience in the financial sector. He is passionate about excellence, leadership and change.

It’s a wonderful experience when you pass the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam and you can now append the designation to your name or tell people you are certified; maybe you even have other professional qualifications.

Your credential really gives you that edge as a project manager, but I have come to realize that certification is but one step of what being a project manager is about. There are a lot of people today who have obtained this certification, but some are now more confused or have never even handled a real project in their life. I have also realized that project management has gone beyond just skills to manage projects to become an essential life and business kit for succees.

Don’t just get certified, but be involved. I am going to share what I did before and after my certification…

1. Make a decision. I made the decision I wanted the credential to my name. I wanted to be known as a project manager, so I did research and read up on what project management was all about and the benefits. I got involved in projects, volunteered for projects and showed interest and applied some of the stuff I learned.

2. Take action. I enrolled for a project management course; two years later, I enrolled for PRINCE2 certification, which was successful. At this point, my (then) boss was excited and made an announcement to everyone that I was…

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