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Passing the PMP
I passed my PMP exam 2/1/2020, and while I am so happy that I did.

After taking the exam and doing really well on it my confidence as a PMP and shot through the roof!! Not in an arrogant way but to say, you know what Malika, there is no IMPOSTER syndrome here, you know what you're doing and you know the materials.

Has this ever been a feeling for you? Have you ever had to prove your worth even after the exam, no matter how many years of experience you have?
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Congratulations Malika. I felt the same after passing the exam, not sure if we are proving to ourselves or others.. could be a lack of confidence.. or a constant need to grow and move forward.
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1 reply by Malika Meribe
Mar 10, 2020 3:50 PM
Malika Meribe
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Thank You Rakhee, I think we are proving it to both, ourselves and others. I mean the exam in itself is time consuming and if you are not good at test taking then it can be a nightmare.

But its something we've earned and we should be confident about it.
Mar 10, 2020 3:46 PM
Replying to Rakhee Mehta
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Congratulations Malika. I felt the same after passing the exam, not sure if we are proving to ourselves or others.. could be a lack of confidence.. or a constant need to grow and move forward.
Thank You Rakhee, I think we are proving it to both, ourselves and others. I mean the exam in itself is time consuming and if you are not good at test taking then it can be a nightmare.

But its something we've earned and we should be confident about it.
I agree, it is a tough exam and it definitely boost our confidence level.
That sense of confidence exists right up till the moment when you meet a PMP holder who has no business managing any project bigger than a bread box.

While the exam is challenging, attaining the certification is not a measure of competency and hence depending on the company you work for and the folks you work with, they might have positive or negative feedback about those who hold the certification.

Kiron
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Mar 10, 2020 5:05 PM
Sante Vergini
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Bread box? You know about my previous projects? ;-)
Imposter syndrome is a real phenomenon. It actually can occur no matter how many years experience or qualifications one may have. Well done and welcome to the PMP club :-)
Mar 10, 2020 4:08 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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That sense of confidence exists right up till the moment when you meet a PMP holder who has no business managing any project bigger than a bread box.

While the exam is challenging, attaining the certification is not a measure of competency and hence depending on the company you work for and the folks you work with, they might have positive or negative feedback about those who hold the certification.

Kiron
Bread box? You know about my previous projects? ;-)
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Mar 11, 2020 1:13 PM
Stéphane Parent
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I think it's safe to say we've all had our share of managing bread box projects.
How is PMI handling the rescheduling of exams for the coronavirus? Here is Massachusetts USA the state just declared a state of emergency and I am scheduled to take the exam on 3/17/2020. They state doesn't want people attending any group meetings or events and many universities, including Harvard, are closing down their schools and moving everyone online in 5 days. I can't find a contact number for PMI...can someone share a customer service phone number I can call?
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1 reply by Malika Meribe
Mar 10, 2020 8:14 PM
Malika Meribe
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Diane,

Please see below

Americas
Address
14 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USA

Hours of Operation
8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. U.S. EDT (GMT -4)

Email
Customer Care: customercare@pmi.org
Customer Care Brazil: atendimentobrasil@pmi.org
Customer Care Latin America: customercarela@pmi.org

Phone
+1 610 356 4600

Fax
+1 610 356 4647
Mar 10, 2020 6:30 PM
Replying to Diane Quinn
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How is PMI handling the rescheduling of exams for the coronavirus? Here is Massachusetts USA the state just declared a state of emergency and I am scheduled to take the exam on 3/17/2020. They state doesn't want people attending any group meetings or events and many universities, including Harvard, are closing down their schools and moving everyone online in 5 days. I can't find a contact number for PMI...can someone share a customer service phone number I can call?
Diane,

Please see below

Americas
Address
14 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299 USA

Hours of Operation
8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. U.S. EDT (GMT -4)

Email
Customer Care: customercare@pmi.org
Customer Care Brazil: atendimentobrasil@pmi.org
Customer Care Latin America: customercarela@pmi.org

Phone
+1 610 356 4600

Fax
+1 610 356 4647
Congratulations, Malika!

Really great to see the proud sense of achievement for your accomplishment. It is not abnormal to struggle with Imposter Syndrome. In a way, it is better to be humbled than not.

But in the end, actions speak louder than certifications.
Congratulations Malika, great achievement.

We always feel proud when we achieve things no matter how small or big they are but be cautious not to get over confident because as Kiron mentioned, having a certification is merely an indication that you have advanced knowledge in this domain but definitely not a measure of someone’s competency level. Your experience is what matters and combined with knowledge, it becomes a long term recipe for success.

Good Luck with your future plan.

RK
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