What are you doing to invest in yourself?

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For the past year, PMI has been going undergoing a strategic transformation to be able to support Project Managers in every aspect of their career journey.

This has really made me think about myself and my own career journey and I've asked myself: What am I doing to invest in myself? What am I doing to become a stronger, better Project Manager? Here are a few suggestions that I'd recommend

1. Develop your career strategy

One thing that I'd recommend you start with is looking at where you want your career to go. If you can see where you want to be in 3,5,10 years then it'll help you analyse how you can get there. Do you want to move towards Program Management? Diversify your skills as a Project Manager and become an expert in a specific area (agile/ transformation etc)? 

2. Know your resources!

Your PMI membership can be a great way for you to know and utilise resources at your fingertips. Free On-Demand Webinars, Virtual conferences, in person conferences and great Career Development blogs are all available for you to be able to support and help you along the way. Don't forget that there are many Vendor offers available for you that might be useful to find available resources.

3. Plan!

When it comes to the renewal cycle for PDUs, I try to plan to achieve a minimum of 20 PDUs every year. Within that, I break it down into topic areas where I want to personally improve and then I look for resources that can support me in this area.  So it could look like this:

Topic Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Agile

Attend PMIEMEA Conference

Look at relevant webinars

Read blogs

Attend Agile conference

Develop Webinar content on Agile Development

Attend Agile conference

Change Management

Attend specific training course on Change Management

Read Change Management books

Read books on subject and implement in projects.

Present webinar on Change Management.

 

View specific webinars on Change Management

Read and create knowledge on Change Management

Watch webinars on Change Management

4. Ask the right questions:

Here's a few questions that might help you understand / learn where you want to develop/progress to:

  • What is important for you in your daily job?
  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • How are you a champion of change?
  • How are you making the Project Management world a better place?
  • Where do you see yourself in 3/5/10 years?
  • What do you need to achieve your career goals? (e.g. additional qualifications? more experience?)

Why is this important?

I completely agree with the PMI strategy of focusing on the individual Project Manager and their career path. It's important to remember and really look long term about our career path and how we can get there. I also think that it's important to have this discussion with your company/ manager about where you want to go and how you want to develop.

During my recent yearly discussions with my boss I discussed that my interests over this year have developed and change and this is where i'd like to move/develop towards. My company appreciates that I take control of my career path and let them know how this will link with their wider strategy/organisational goals.

Conclusion

When it comes to career planning, I think that it's important that you take the time out of your daily work to think really hard and honestly about the answers and work out what's best for you in your long term career. What does your career plan look like? How do you plan your career development? One great thing is that the PMI will be there to support you on your journey and keep providing you great opportunities to help you be the Best Project Manager that you can be!

Posted by Emily Luijbregts on: November 26, 2018 03:45 PM | Permalink

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Very interesting. thanks for sharing

Good article. Thanks for sharing

Nice article. Thanks for sharing

A great article Emily, I fully agree, PMI is certainly the ideal support mechanism whilst on our journey, thank you for sharing

Great, Emily. Challenge yourself; challenge others.

Very explanatory. Thank you

I'd love to hear from you about what your career plan is? How do you map out where you want to go?

Thanks for the post! very informative

That’s very nice approach, I like the idea to pick up few topics and stay focused

Career Plan is very important! Thanks for reminding us.

Very informative with action plans, Thanks for a refreshing post

@Emily: Excellent post! Very timely, and on a very relevant topic for Project Managers.
Do keep sharing your valuable insights for the benefit of our community here!

@Emily - great article on the importance of being proactive and deliberate in planning your PM career journey!

Good article with practical advice on professional development. Thank you.

There's some good pointers here Emily, thanks.

Well done. Good structure and interesting perspective.

Emily,

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on career development. Sometimes it's difficult to focus upon yourself when the demands of projects and project teams are demanding your attention. You break it down almost as another project in the portfolio that needs attention (monitoring) and projection (planning) for the future. Have a great day!

At the same time, you should be open to serendipitous career moves. A lot of my career decisions have been made based on the opportunities available to me at the moment that I didn't plan for.

Nice approach. Also, it is of utmost importance to invest our time wisely, because being extra busy doesn't means being extra productive :)

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