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Hot Topic - 01 August 2019
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During the month of August, ProjectManagement.com will focus on Career Development.

With your own career development in mind, what are some of the steps that you’ve taken? Does your organization encourage career development?
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I've only been in my role a little over 4mths but it feels like like I've been on a long road specifically to get here. It feels like all the jobs I've had and all the experience I've gained were exactly what I needed to do to get me here, I can honestly say that I've not felt like that before, my career has felt rather meandering and disjointed. I now believe this is where I'm meant to be, but I needed to do all that for it to be the right place.
I've always been an avid learner and whatever role I've been in I've looked for all the formal and informal learning opportunities that I can find. I've been keen to pick up any applicable qualifications along the way too. leading to a strange jumble of letters after my name, Each career step (up until the most recent) has felt like an accident or a move because I had to. My most recent move I desperately wanted and I actively pursued it in a way I've not done before. Coaching and networking were essential to this move.
So I guess I'm not the best to give advice on career development! In answer to your second question; yes, I'm in an organisation that most definitely encourages career development. I've already been asked to think about it, but it seems like an even more perplexing idea as I'm so happy to made it here :)
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One major step I took was while I am full time employed, I worked and still work on my professional development in terms of courses and certifications which in turn widened my perspective from so many angles, made me do things differently and better in addition to boosting my knowledge in so many subjects such as Business Analysis.

My employer is in full support of such career development as it is of mutual benefit to the employee and the company.
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While i am full time employee, I decided to pursue a PhD, I had always liked to idea of simply keeping on studying (there's always more to learn), that will give me the opportunity to attend workshops and trainings which have direct impact on my professional development
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With the changing era of technology, keeping abreast on the latest technology is critical. So key parameters in the recent past for me has been learning understanding new technology and how this plays a role in how we manage projects and programs.

My organization provides the platform for learning - by way of Online courses in technology, class room courses from experts on what we shall need to do differently in the new era.
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My organization is getting more into Career Development. One big step I took, was getting my PMP. I am now looking into other certifications, as well as a Masters in Project Management. One of my favorite things to boost Career Development is attending Seminars/Webinars as I love learning from other PMs.
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1 reply by Benjamin Bogedain
Aug 02, 2019 11:02 AM
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Kimberly, I was taking the same progression track with regards to PM developments, and I was given advice about the three major things that people are looking for in the PM world. I have a BA in Business, and I will be getting my PMP very soon. The advice given to me was to get a masters degree in leadership instead of project management because I have already showed by getting the PMP my technical expertise for PMing if you will by attaining the PMP. In a nutshell having a Masters degree and PMP in project management is an overkill.
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An organisation that needs to survive and grow in this highly competetive environment has to invest in career development.
The organisation in which I work provides sufficient focus and thrust on career development.
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I had used the offerings of a past employer to support my efforts in earing my PMP. Even if not explicitly offered, certainly worth doing the research and making a formal request.
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Recently i post a topic about career development in some roles. Project management career is broad and can be align to a different career paths, In general in my country I am not seeing support for PMP certification and more aligned to ensure people is having the technica and soft skills to create self.empower teams and less control around. In different industries a PM has the visibility of command control and it is far away from the need we have right now. So, PM is one of the careers that has less support and now industries are promoting other skills and careers. Additionally, A PM Skill is sometimes limited to growth in organizations to more impacting areas.
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Aug 01, 2019 2:18 PM
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My organization is getting more into Career Development. One big step I took, was getting my PMP. I am now looking into other certifications, as well as a Masters in Project Management. One of my favorite things to boost Career Development is attending Seminars/Webinars as I love learning from other PMs.
Kimberly, I was taking the same progression track with regards to PM developments, and I was given advice about the three major things that people are looking for in the PM world. I have a BA in Business, and I will be getting my PMP very soon. The advice given to me was to get a masters degree in leadership instead of project management because I have already showed by getting the PMP my technical expertise for PMing if you will by attaining the PMP. In a nutshell having a Masters degree and PMP in project management is an overkill.
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1 reply by Kimberly McCoy
Aug 07, 2019 11:25 AM
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Thank you Benjamin! That is great advice! I will definitely look into this as I continue to check my next moves.
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The organization I work for is always looking for way to improve the workforce through educational opportunities. In fact the reason my organizations enlisted force is considered to be the best in the world is due to the developmental training that we consistently receive. In short to be the best, you have to integrate continuous improvement, and training to progress into the future, or risk your organization falling behind and potentially never catching up.
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