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Drawn to project management because of his love of learning, Stephen Robin is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Project Management in Trinidad and Tobago. Here, he shares his thoughts on building a career in the profession.

Why have you decided to study project management? In 2018, after completing my A-levels, I chose Cipriani College for tertiary education after a rigorous process where I gathered information on every higher institute in the country. I was originally pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety. What caused me to change career paths and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Project Management was an excellent mathematics tutor who was also an electrical engineer with project management experience. He presented a solid case to pursue the project management degree. I decided to enroll full-time in the four-year degree program. The high caliber of lecturers by the project management faculty ignited a fire in me, and I developed a passion for the field.

What do you love most about project management? The learning aspect. Project management is a good fit for a lifelong learner like me because every project is unique, and the field is continuously evolving and changing.

What do you find most challenging about starting your career? Currently, my biggest challenge is gaining work experience locally as the offering of project internships and project apprenticeships are severely lacking in comparison to other fields. This can also be attributed to the fact that the project management maturity model is low in both the private and public sectors.

Project management in my country is not as developed as the United States and Canada. I am too impatient to wait until the country catches up in sense. I am putting greater efforts to go above and beyond career-wise and be ahead of the curve. There is still so much to learn, experience to gain, and people to network with.

What's your proudest achievement in the world of project management so far? I was a key member of the first volunteer project undertaken by my local PMI chapter, which involved meeting with local secondary school students and introducing them to project management fundamentals and to the idea of project management as a career path. It was noted by the vice president of volunteerism and members of the project team — all mature project professionals — that my ideas and efforts were instrumental to the success of the project. I was extremely elated.

What's the best piece of advice you've received or can share? There are many, but a simple tidbit I received, “Just keep on evolving, keep on growing, keep on chipping away, and take life by the horns.”

How has PM.com helped you in your career development? Too many ways to count, but the core areas in networking with like-minded people, the community aspect that fosters growth and development, building knowledge in the professional domain, and most importantly, aided in the development of my career goals.

What hobbies do you have outside work? Calisthenics, Pilates, gardening, reading and volunteering.

Thank you, Stephen, for sharing your journey. And good luck!

To connect with Stephen Robin, visit his ProjectManagement.com profile.

 

This interview was conducted by Kelley Hunsberger.

Posted by Aaron Smith on: March 28, 2022 01:10 PM | Permalink

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Rami Kaibni
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Senior Projects Manager | Field & Marten Associates New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Aaron

Glad to see that, for a change, you chose to write about a student this time. Good choice as it reflects the diversity when it comes to this community.

Stephen is a very ambitious individual, I can tell from his posts on the platform and engagement with the community. He will have a bright future in Project Management or any other field he choses to pursue.

Good Luck !

RK

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Corey Tatum Bumlife2Bomblife Management| PeepDaSlan9 Las Vegas, Nv, USA
Great read, I'm to a life-long learner & find project management the be the best fit

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Yasmina Khelifi Senior Project Manager| ORANGE Paris, France
Great read and good luck!

Great insights and thank you Stephen, for sharing and caring for the next crop of PMs, we all rise together. #1community

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Ridwan Muslim Nigeria
I'm a Student too. Thanks for sharing

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Michael Coleman Memphis, Tn, USA
Nice outlook, Stephen.
Thanks for sharing those details about you.

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Justin Fu Senior Systems Engineer| Parsons Bristow, Va, USA
Thanks for sharing!

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Eduard Hernandez
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Senior Project Manager| Prothya Biosolutions Amsterdam, Netherlands
Agree with Rami's comment. Good luck, Stephen, I have no doubt you will become a terrific project manager!

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Warren Simon Program Manager| DoD Baltimore, Md, USA
Excellent read. And big congratulations to Stephen!!

Best quote: "Project management is a good fit for a lifelong learner like me because every project is unique, and the field is continuously evolving and changing."

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Shanos Kunhahamu Product Manager, Mobile Wallet| First Abu Dhabi Bank Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Thank you Stephen for sharing your experience.

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Linda Mullally Project Manager, Consultant| Seeking next role and freelancing Ma, USA
Learning is a privilege, and as project managers, we get to learn and serve others while making an impact all at once! Glad to learn about you and have you as part of the community

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Latha Thamma reddi Sr Product and Portfolio Management (Automation Innovation)| DXC Technology Mckinney, Tx, USA
Agree with Rami's comment. Good luck, Stephen,

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Zohaib Qadir System Administrator Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)| Peshawar Institute of Cardiology Peshawar, Kpk, Pakistan
Thank You For Sharing

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