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My recommendation is not go for CAPM. Wait for getting the needed to go for PMP. In the minetime, try to get involved on project inside the local chapter or project inside your current work place no matter the role you perform.
Welcome on board Chris, you are in the right community already. A mentor or coach can make the journey faster. But it all depends on you- You can take a training on project management, volunteer just as Sergio said. I am not particular about either CAPM or PMP, most times, a little assessment of any student I meet, tells me whether, I will recommend a CAPM or a PMP.
My question will be , why are you into project management?
Try to get involved in small projects first. This will help you to gain some experience. Then, try to obtain PMP certification. Study PMBOK and practice with simulators. Other good option is read Rita Mulcahy book,
You are the most Welcome. You can some local chapter and engage yourself in some projects. You can attend webinars and study PMBOK and go for PMP .
Welcome to PM family,i agree with Sergio, if you are seriously looking for Project Management Profession and your future plans are to climb your career ladder on basis of PM, you should go directly for PMP.
Most organisations has some kind of projects involved to meet their Strategic growth objectives either insignificant, minor or major because the very growth & development of most of businesses depend on Projects. Try to search for similar kind of strategic goal in your present organisation. Or to get the idea you can also volunteer yourself in any kind of volunteer programs available around you.
Is the CAPM better than nothing - absolutely, but will you get sufficient benefit to offset the costs of earning it? That's the question you will need to answer. There are better methods of building a foundation of PM knowledge and as others have suggested, volunteering either with your local PMI chapter or another not-for-profit business is a good way to get some practical experience.
I'd also suggest finding a seasoned PM as a sounding board for you as you encounter challenging situations in your project work.
Good luck and be persistent!
Looking for mentoring and pursuit of the PMP designation, as well as involvement in the local PMI chapter are great things to look in to.
Every job I held from the start of my working journey had project management intrinsically intertwined with it. That said, the position I hold now is the most traditional. When I applied for this position, I looked specifically for a PM/PC job, regardless of the fact that none of the titles I held before were specifically PM. I did not let "must have 2 years experience" deter me. During the interview I called out specific examples in my past career that highlighted my capabilities. I also spent a lot of time and some money on taking classes to prep me to hit the ground running if hired. It worked and I am now gaining the experience I will need to get that designation once I take the exam.
That was my experience, look forward to seeing yours in the future!
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