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How do I level up from being a Program Assistant to a full-pledged Project Manager?
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Dear Colleagues, I'm a Program Assistant with Nutrition background and a CAPM earner. My main tasks at work are to do administrative support and operations assistance. I would like to level up as a Project Manager but don't know how. I would appreciate receiving advice from you. Thank you very much, Mari Anne.
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What you do as program assisstant is project management. As far as I know about the position inside the World Bank. When you manage a program (or assist to one) you are walking along the PMI´s PMBOK knowledge areas. To move one step forward my recomendation is making more explicit those areas that perhaps are not explicit or formal today. I meant to convert your work into a explicit project just for you, for you taking practical practice. Including it you can take valuable experience using Agile practices or Agile based methods/framworks. All these stuff will help you to gain practical experience to apply PMP in the future if you want. Do not forget to take record about all those programs where you are involved. After that you have to decide go for a project management position and perhaps it will not take place inside the World Bank.
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1 reply by Mari Anne Trillana
Jun 01, 2019 9:10 AM
Mari Anne Trillana
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Thank you very much, Mr. Conte, for the advice. Greatly appreciated.
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Hi Mari,

Its all depends upon currently what are you doing and roles and responsibility you have taken up and see what full pledged project manager doing if somebody in your organization? identify the difference of roles you and Project Manager doing and set your goal to become full fledge PM and also show your desire to your boss/reporting manager so that he/she can guide further to fill the gaps to become PM.

Also, you should have managed the project independently and met the project objectives then it will help to become a full-fledged project manager. Also, you are CAPM earner so it will help you to understand PMBOK different knowledge area and process group easily to implement/relate them in your real projects so that it gives you more confidence and help you to become a full-fledged Project manager.
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1 reply by Mari Anne Trillana
Jun 01, 2019 9:12 AM
Mari Anne Trillana
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Thank you very much for that wonderful thought Mr. Beernally.
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Jun 01, 2019 6:53 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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What you do as program assisstant is project management. As far as I know about the position inside the World Bank. When you manage a program (or assist to one) you are walking along the PMI´s PMBOK knowledge areas. To move one step forward my recomendation is making more explicit those areas that perhaps are not explicit or formal today. I meant to convert your work into a explicit project just for you, for you taking practical practice. Including it you can take valuable experience using Agile practices or Agile based methods/framworks. All these stuff will help you to gain practical experience to apply PMP in the future if you want. Do not forget to take record about all those programs where you are involved. After that you have to decide go for a project management position and perhaps it will not take place inside the World Bank.
Thank you very much, Mr. Conte, for the advice. Greatly appreciated.
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Jun 01, 2019 8:46 AM
Replying to Ramakant Beernally
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Hi Mari,

Its all depends upon currently what are you doing and roles and responsibility you have taken up and see what full pledged project manager doing if somebody in your organization? identify the difference of roles you and Project Manager doing and set your goal to become full fledge PM and also show your desire to your boss/reporting manager so that he/she can guide further to fill the gaps to become PM.

Also, you should have managed the project independently and met the project objectives then it will help to become a full-fledged project manager. Also, you are CAPM earner so it will help you to understand PMBOK different knowledge area and process group easily to implement/relate them in your real projects so that it gives you more confidence and help you to become a full-fledged Project manager.
Thank you very much for that wonderful thought Mr. Beernally.
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Mari,
I would discuss this question with your current manager.

Different companies and organizations have different rules for who can take what position. Some of that is dictated by the culture and the current management team, and some may be specific HR rules. There might be a combination of some experience you need, and some administrative changes required.

In my own place of work, I often coach others who wish to grow their careers and take on additional responsibility, by assigning them projects appropriate for their experience level and providing helpful oversight.. That gives them some knowledge and experience, but to move to a full time PM role often requires a reclassification within the HR system. There may or may not be written standards where you work, but it would certainly help to find out if they do, or if there are unwritten standards as well.
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1 reply by Mari Anne Trillana
Jun 02, 2019 7:32 AM
Mari Anne Trillana
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Thank you, Mr. Novak, for responding to my question. Very well appreciated.
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1) Discuss your goals with your manager.
2) Discuss your goals with HR.
3) Prepare for and take the PMP® exam.
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1 reply by Mari Anne Trillana
Jun 02, 2019 7:32 AM
Mari Anne Trillana
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Thank you Mr. Isom, well noted your advice.
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Hello Mari,

Glad to see you want to get more involved in project management. I truly enjoy it and believe you will too.

In addition to the advice given, head over to Glassdoor.com and/or Indeed.com review the open positions for PMs and see what skills are being requested. Then you can speak with your manager, coach or mentor about how you close the gaps.

If someone reason your current organization is not open to helping you. Seek other channels to make your dreams come true.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions about my comment.
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1 reply by Mari Anne Trillana
Jun 02, 2019 7:35 AM
Mari Anne Trillana
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Thank you Ms. Stevenson! Your advice is well noted.
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Jun 01, 2019 4:43 PM
Replying to Keith Novak
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Mari,
I would discuss this question with your current manager.

Different companies and organizations have different rules for who can take what position. Some of that is dictated by the culture and the current management team, and some may be specific HR rules. There might be a combination of some experience you need, and some administrative changes required.

In my own place of work, I often coach others who wish to grow their careers and take on additional responsibility, by assigning them projects appropriate for their experience level and providing helpful oversight.. That gives them some knowledge and experience, but to move to a full time PM role often requires a reclassification within the HR system. There may or may not be written standards where you work, but it would certainly help to find out if they do, or if there are unwritten standards as well.
Thank you, Mr. Novak, for responding to my question. Very well appreciated.
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Jun 01, 2019 4:52 PM
Replying to Eric Isom
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1) Discuss your goals with your manager.
2) Discuss your goals with HR.
3) Prepare for and take the PMP® exam.
Thank you Mr. Isom, well noted your advice.
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Jun 02, 2019 12:07 AM
Replying to Lavetta Stevenson
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Hello Mari,

Glad to see you want to get more involved in project management. I truly enjoy it and believe you will too.

In addition to the advice given, head over to Glassdoor.com and/or Indeed.com review the open positions for PMs and see what skills are being requested. Then you can speak with your manager, coach or mentor about how you close the gaps.

If someone reason your current organization is not open to helping you. Seek other channels to make your dreams come true.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions about my comment.
Thank you Ms. Stevenson! Your advice is well noted.

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