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Entering into Project Management?
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Hello,

I'm new to the world of Project Management, and I am very interested in being involved in the field as a full-time career path. However, at my current company, there are little to no opportunities for me to gain experience in the field as there is not a high priority placed on it, and most entry-level jobs I see require at least 1-2 years to be considered for the position. I am a PMI member on the local and national level, and I am currently enrolled in a CAPM course (goal to obtain CAPM by end of year). Are there any suggestions for someone in my position to enter into a Project Management career?

Also, I do plan to network and get involved with my local PMI chapter. Therefore any suggestions relative to networking best practices or any first-hand experiences are helpful and welcomed.
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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.
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2 replies by Christopher Barnes and Mayur Sonawane
Sep 17, 2019 4:40 PM
Christopher Barnes
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Thank you for your reply, Sergio, though I am curious as to your recommendation not to obtain the CAPM. Can you elaborate on your position?
Sep 18, 2019 6:20 AM
Mayur Sonawane
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I am agree with Sergio Luis recommendation.
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Sep 17, 2019 4:22 PM
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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.
Thank you for your reply, Sergio, though I am curious as to your recommendation not to obtain the CAPM. Can you elaborate on your position?
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Sep 17, 2019 7:31 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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You are welcome. CAPM is an entry level certification and as far as I know is not highly required in some markets. So, if you ask me, put the effort on taken the PMP certification. But is just an opinion, no more than that.
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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?
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2 replies by Christopher Barnes and Gbadeyan Timothy
Sep 18, 2019 9:41 AM
Christopher Barnes
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Gbadeyan, thanks for the welcome! I initially desired to enter PM because it aligned with my disposition to solve problems and I wanted to learn a more organized, efficient way to bring about change and overcome organizational challenges in various contexts. I also wanted to make a shift to a more meaningful career path that was versatile and has room for growth, advancement, and ongoing education.

Unfortunately, my current company is experiencing a turbulent period and is just trying to stay alive - they just downsized their Continuous Improvement department and did away with their IT development people. Suffice it to say, it’s a pretty project-averse environment, therefore, no opportunities to gain experience within my current company. Also, my department in particular is struggling with high turnover, so they are not looking to encourage any activity that would eventually take away from their current workforce.

However, I am encouraged by the prospect of engaging with the local chapter to gain experience this way. Hopefully that works, or will search around for family/friends that would allow me to gain the experience on any business needs they have. Thanks again for your reply!
Sep 18, 2019 1:37 PM
Gbadeyan Timothy
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Good articulation! , but information about your organization could have been sent directly to a mail box especially if a NDA exist. From your points :

1. " I initially desired to enter PM because it aligned with my disposition to solve problems and I wanted to learn a more organized efficient way to bring about change and overcome organizational challenges in various contexts" -- Still do the best you can in the organization where you find your self, until project management skills gets into your culture, it will not have much value(As a matter of fact, culture tends to eat-up your beautiful strategies or skills). Get to work on your mindset, because in your career, you might be consulting for this kind of company, or one of your vendors may have this similar issue. Our job is to manage or coordinate, even in a weak matrix organization.

From the other point:(2) Developing skills in another career like project management is a good risk strategy.

Learning can be formal or informal, but a combination of the two works better for me.

The weapon is START something : Formal learning or informal.It is usually said that Talk is cheap!
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Sep 17, 2019 4:40 PM
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Thank you for your reply, Sergio, though I am curious as to your recommendation not to obtain the CAPM. Can you elaborate on your position?
You are welcome. CAPM is an entry level certification and as far as I know is not highly required in some markets. So, if you ask me, put the effort on taken the PMP certification. But is just an opinion, no more than that.
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1 reply by Christopher Barnes
Sep 18, 2019 9:44 AM
Christopher Barnes
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Got it, thanks for your input!
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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,
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Hi,
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 .
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1 reply by Christopher Barnes
Sep 18, 2019 9:42 AM
Christopher Barnes
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Thanks! I will definitely engage my local chapter.
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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.
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Sep 17, 2019 4:22 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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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.
I am agree with Sergio Luis recommendation.
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Christopher -

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!

Kiron
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Hi Christopher;

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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2 replies by Christopher Barnes
Sep 20, 2019 3:54 PM
Christopher Barnes
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Kimberly, thanks for sharing your experience and insight! I'll keep pressing forward!
Sep 20, 2019 3:55 PM
Christopher Barnes
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Kimberly, thanks for sharing your experience and insight! I'll keep pressing forward!
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