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What, in your opinion, is the next level up? If it is not in project management, you may not be asking in the right place. Do you know anyone, in this next level, that you can go to for advice?
The CSM training can count for part of the PMI-ACP training and help you get the rest of the experience (if you don't already have it)
Depending on what exactly you want to do, I'd also consider a grad degree like an MBA but that's a lot of time and money
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I suggest to review your achievements during your professional career and then ask below questions:
- Whether my team was always motivated to do their best or asked my advices for their delivery or career? if no, focus on your leadership skils specially communication.
- Which part of my project did not delivered well which could improved my KPIs, then start studying in that area. For exam Risk Management.
Certificate itself do not add much value unless you practice it.
Sounds like you are working with a great company that fully support professional studies Austin. Already many thoughtful advices here, not everyone follows the ordinary route, keep an open mind in creating your own journey, good luck!
Before you start investing your time (and money), consider what you've been working on, what experience you've acquired and most importantly, where your goals and interests are. There are sooooo many paths and therefore courses you can take.
Treat this like a project.
I'd be happy to get on a call with you to chat further.
All the best
The first thing to clarify is to understand what "next level up is" (quote "I have been a project manager for over 7 years and would like to start building my skillset for the next level up").
Going up to Program or Portfolio Manager will require certain type of training. If going up means becoming Head of Operations, it will require te develop knowledge in another direction.
As Kiron stated, clarify this and you will be on your way to move up the ladder you chose.
Hello Austin - Have you thought about working with a mentor? I had the best mentor, and working with him opened my mind to so many more possibilities. It's really what catapulted my career to new opportunities.
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