Project Management

Building on Your Online Learning Foundation

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

Online training and development programs have seen something of a boom so far this year. That’s not really surprising. In-person training and education has obviously been significantly curtailed, and many people have found themselves with more time on their hands than they expected, allowing them to pursue some of those training courses that they have been meaning to take for a while.

Add to that the initiatives that many training providers have put in place to make much of their content available without charge, and it’s easy to understand why so many people are taking so many development programs.

But getting the certificate that confirms you completed a series of online lessons isn’t the end of it…it’s only the start. And as the world slowly begins to return to a new normal, it’s time to take the next step—building on that foundation with practical experience and adjustments to career goals. That’s what I want to look at in this piece.

Learning without application has limited benefits
Learning new skills and growing as individuals is one of the fundamental drives that every career-minded individual has. We know that to grow and advance in our chosen profession, we need to constantly enhance our skills and improve our capabilities. Project management requires a very broad and diverse range of skills, so the …

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