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I totally support your plan Sheila - This is the right thing to do IMHO.
Sounds like you're on the right track. I remember applying for a very good PM job with a major corporation after I had my MBA but before I had any project management certification, even though I had done some PM work before. There were about a dozen people around the boardroom table, and the department head asked me what project management certifications I had. He asked if had a PMP or even a CAPM. When I said no, I could tell the interview was pretty much over. I'm quite sure that if I had had the CAPM, I would have scored the job. That's when I first realized that I needed to start pursuing certification.
So my advice: Go for it Sheila! You won't be sorry!
It looks like you found the information you needed in your first post, Sheila. I think this will give you the best of both worlds: time and stepping stones.
Hello Sheila and congratulations on your decision! I went on the same path, as my previous experiences with projects was way off the PMBOK® and I decided to start on a formal knowledge and work related experience in the field of project management and I got the CAPM. From there just like you said get the experience and go for the PMP. Congratulations and just remember is a long term commitment.
You have selected correct path. Improve your PM skills and get certified in CAPM and later in PMP.
in addition to what all my previous fellows written, i would recommend to llok for some volunteer opportunitys to gain already some real life expereince while studying for CAPM.
If you are a PMI Member you can look for world wide volunteer opportunitys (real and virtual!) there.
This way you may obtain the needed expereinces hours for PMP much faster, i guess.
You may search for actual volunteer positions here:
Best of luck!
I agree with all comments above.
Also, bear in mind that to be eligible for the PMP certificate has a prerequisite of 7,500 hours leading and directing projects (if you have a high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent) OR 4,500 hours leading and directing projects (if you have a four year degree)
Good luck with your career! You'll do great!
Your approach is very practical Sheila Ellis!!
I totally agree with what everyone has said. Though I chose PMP, that's only because I have PM experience. Thanks to my Boss who gave me many opportunity to handle projects in his presence and absence. Am preparing for PMP certification now.
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