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Recent PMP – Career challenges and looking for advice
I understand that tools, engineering skills, technology and knowledge can be learned over time. What I am experiencing, with my recent job impact due to COVID is that companies I talk to keep asking questions like have used “X” software, how much experience you have in “Y”… I am sure you get the essence… I have 7+ years manufacturing engineering experience, but most of work has been as an individual contributor. That doesn’t mean I haven’t led projects in a team environment.
That was one reason I studied and achieved my PMP certification- to add a new dimension and start the transition towards some sort of leadership role. With me being back in the job market…I am now back to applying to engineering roles.
Any thoughts…How to approach this situation…as it is finding new positions has been a challenge.

Thanks
Prasad
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Hi Prasad! I am currently studying for the PMP certification. Do you have any advice for me? I am curious about the formulas that I should know for the exam. Also, the 49 processes as well. Thank you!!
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1 reply by PRASAD M
Aug 12, 2020 10:34 AM
PRASAD M
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Cindi, I would say do a quick brain dump on rough sheet provided at the test center, right of the bat.
Honestly for me time management was the most challenging part. At half way point in time, I was no where near half way point on the number of questions... so keep an eye on that.
Look for keywords---it may help to avoid reading the question twice in some cases. Especially if its a long question and you feel like reading it twice...that means you spent the time allotted for 1 question for 2 questions.....Good Luck.
Prasad

In your situation where you are venturing from being a one man show in the manufacturing industry and transitioning into the wider project management field, I suggest you look for a project coordinator role for starters.

I've mentored many in your situation and I was in your shoe at some point in my career.

Good Luck.

RK
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1 reply by PRASAD M
Aug 18, 2020 10:41 AM
PRASAD M
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Appreciate the response Rami....Although I am relatively new in my PMP career ( leadership role - quest)...unfortunately I am getting a feeling that it's a weird co-relation dilemma...like "which came first: the chicken or the egg?".....
employers saying not enough job specific experience in-spite of education, descent # of work experience, certifications .... but then on other hand unless an employer takes a chance how do they expect an employee to get that experience...
if not enough experience, why employers bother to reach out schedule interview?
Aug 11, 2020 10:17 PM
Replying to Cindi Nardone
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Hi Prasad! I am currently studying for the PMP certification. Do you have any advice for me? I am curious about the formulas that I should know for the exam. Also, the 49 processes as well. Thank you!!
Cindi, I would say do a quick brain dump on rough sheet provided at the test center, right of the bat.
Honestly for me time management was the most challenging part. At half way point in time, I was no where near half way point on the number of questions... so keep an eye on that.
Look for keywords---it may help to avoid reading the question twice in some cases. Especially if its a long question and you feel like reading it twice...that means you spent the time allotted for 1 question for 2 questions.....Good Luck.
Aug 11, 2020 10:47 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Prasad

In your situation where you are venturing from being a one man show in the manufacturing industry and transitioning into the wider project management field, I suggest you look for a project coordinator role for starters.

I've mentored many in your situation and I was in your shoe at some point in my career.

Good Luck.

RK
Appreciate the response Rami....Although I am relatively new in my PMP career ( leadership role - quest)...unfortunately I am getting a feeling that it's a weird co-relation dilemma...like "which came first: the chicken or the egg?".....
employers saying not enough job specific experience in-spite of education, descent # of work experience, certifications .... but then on other hand unless an employer takes a chance how do they expect an employee to get that experience...
if not enough experience, why employers bother to reach out schedule interview?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Aug 18, 2020 11:21 AM
Rami Kaibni
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I hear you but you have to keep looking in the right place. When you have solid experience you will eventually land something.
Aug 18, 2020 10:41 AM
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Appreciate the response Rami....Although I am relatively new in my PMP career ( leadership role - quest)...unfortunately I am getting a feeling that it's a weird co-relation dilemma...like "which came first: the chicken or the egg?".....
employers saying not enough job specific experience in-spite of education, descent # of work experience, certifications .... but then on other hand unless an employer takes a chance how do they expect an employee to get that experience...
if not enough experience, why employers bother to reach out schedule interview?
I hear you but you have to keep looking in the right place. When you have solid experience you will eventually land something.
I would try to put forward my experience in the context of the role and show that even if I do not have the experience of doing exactly what the role requests, all the skills I have learned in my previous roles is transferable and adaptable to the role.

And when they ask for experience using a specific tool showcase the fact that you can learn it quickly based on the fact that you might have had previous situations where you had to learn fast a new thing. Of course it will depend as well on the complexity of the tool but the important part is to show that not having specific knowledge will not be an obstacle of you succeeding in the role.

As Rami said try to also take on different roles in a project at first and try to diversify your job search (not just Project Manager) as there are so many things in a project that can be done. You can try to focus on your area of expertise as it might be easier at first (you know the processes and the complexity of your domain so you can better understand what customers will want for example).
What type of leadership role are you looking for? Technically, "project manager" is a leadership role, although not in the formal, hierarchical organization sense. If you're looking for a formal leadership position, you're more likely to get there faster by excelling as an engineer than as a project manager. At least in a corporate environment. Going into consulting, as a PM, might improve your chances, but is not a guarantee.

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