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Career Advancement - Training Opportunities
My company allocates a certain amount of money per year for training. We can choose whatever course, subject, certification, etc we see fit. I have my PMP certification and have taken a handful of courses PMI offers but want to know: What would be a good course/seminar/webinar, etc to take that would help advance my career beyond a project manager?

I have been a project manager for over 7 years and would like to start building my skillset for the next level up. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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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?
Nov 28, 2019 1:48 AM
Replying to Ephrem Abebe
is there any difference between PMI-ACP and Agile shift certification
Yes, CSM is easier to get as you just have to attend a two day class and take a test (therefore you don't need prior experience). PMI-ACP you have to prove 1500 hours experience along with 21 contact hours of training.

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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Dear Austin,
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!
Nov 26, 2019 4:20 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
Dear Austin
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

If you have experience as a project manager and want to evolve in your career you can be sure to:
- Program Manager
- Portfolio Manager

If you want to develop skills in other project management approaches, I think the 5 AD certifications are very interesting.

You can opt for organizational transformation
It seems interesting to me the proposal of FLEX

You might want to deepen your management skills, in which case how about an MBA?

The important thing is to know where you want to go
And then, how to get there
I agree with all the suggestions especially the upward progress of venturing into program and portfolio management around the industries and topics/organizations that interest you.
Nov 25, 2019 6:53 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
Austin -

What interests you? What types of work are you passionate about? What are you curious about? What would you like to be doing within the next five years?

Once you can answer those questions and build a personal development plan based on that information, you might be able to answer your own question...

Hey Austin. I'm totally in agreement with Kiron.

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

Nov 26, 2019 2:16 AM
Replying to Pranav Savai
I have done PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, SAFe-SA , CSM after completing my PMP. This all will add value to your career. If you are planning for Agile then best route is CSM, PMI-ACP and then SAFe.
I have done PRICNE2, and CSM and currently on PMP journey and hoping to clear my PMP by April'20. What next??
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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