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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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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.
Excellent Choices
Nov 26, 2019 9:37 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
Consider online university courses. They will give you a chance to explore areas that might interest you. They might also be useful for the educational requirement of your next certification.
Online University Courses are good choices. They will let you keep your job unlike full time courses
Nov 25, 2019 9:20 PM
Replying to Victor Ginoba
Hey Austin,

I concur with Rami. The CSM (Certified Scrum Master) cert would compliment your PMP quite nicely and it will diversify you background.

I wish you the best on your journey.
Yes Good Choice would be CSM
There are plenty of good courses. I guess the question you should ask is what interests you and what kind of project would you like to work on. Also, today, agile is everywhere as you have your PMP already, you can head towards it. PMI offers different certifications which will help you. I am planning fr my PMP this November. I hope to clear it my first attempt.
Hi Austin,
It's great that your company has a training budget for you. Many PMs seek to differentiate themselves by gaining more certifications. However, to move to the next level beyond a PM, what's more important is leadership and soft skills. What are you doing to develop your leadership / soft skills?
I was looking into it myself.
Basically my answer was, outside of non-project management things like SQL and BI tools; the best options for me as someone persuing project management in technical and service delivery fields.

Certified Scrum Master.
ITIL4 - Foundation, then follow up with more in the future.

My reasoning, these course are short 1 week and I could accomplish in work regulated study leave.

As most people agree on though, depends on what interests you or is going to be valuable in your life.
Dear Austin,

I would recommend a introspection on what you like and what do you want to achieve in career over next 3-5 years. Those insights will help you derive your learning needs to plan..

In general context, I would suggest learning about Agile, Sixsigma concepts which helps focus more on customer focused delivery approach..
Dear Austin
A year after asking this question I would say that you can choose to deepen your knowledge in:
- Artificial intelligence
- Augmented Reality
- Virtual reality
- 3D printing
- Blockchain
- IoT (Internet of Things)
- Robotics
- Drones
- Quantum Computing
- Human Augmentation
Nov 25, 2019 5:14 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni

Maybe you should start looking at Agile, it will help you grow in many ways.

Good Luck.

CIPS thus will compliment the PMI course of study.
All knowledge that strengthens the skills in our profession is excellent. I can advise you to take a program manager, portfolio manager, or -ACP- PMI course.
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