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Hi,
I am looking for a mentor who can help me on practice project management.
At the moment I am not working as Project Manager but in the future I intend to work, in the company where I am or even change (I am certified in PMP and I want to be able to enjoy this accomplish).
My idea is to give support and follow all the processes.

Many thanks!

Francisca
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I was in a similar situation. What I did was start to shadow the project manager. I would offer to start or complete all of the artifacts (charter, requirements, WBS, test plans, etc).
Look for any opportunities to take on more responsibilities to get the experience.
Contact you local PMI group. Maybe you can find a mentor close to you. Or maybe you can volunteer and find ways to use your newly acquired skills.
Good luck.
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I see this types of request many times. First thing I´d like to say is: mentor must be searching into the company where you are working on. Just in case you are not working into a company then participate into your local PMI Chapter activities not matter the activity objective. Just the action to hear others talking about projects will help you. Last thing is: you do not need a mentor. There are a lot of information outside there you can read.
At the end, I can help to direct people to the right place to understand things in practice (not in theory) so if you want to send me questions by email here my personal emai: contesl@gmail.com. BUT the work is on your side. You need to learn to understand people that will help you.
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2 replies by Anish Abraham and Francisca Gusmao
Dec 27, 2017 6:49 PM
Anish Abraham
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Way to go, Sergio!
Dec 28, 2017 4:04 AM
Francisca Gusmao
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Hi Sergio,
Thank you for all the help and information.
I will try to participate into my local PMI Chapter activities. And If I have any question I will ask you!
Best regards and Happy new year!

Francisca
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Francisca, that's a pretty good offer from Sergio. You are on the right track.
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Dec 27, 2017 4:37 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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I see this types of request many times. First thing I´d like to say is: mentor must be searching into the company where you are working on. Just in case you are not working into a company then participate into your local PMI Chapter activities not matter the activity objective. Just the action to hear others talking about projects will help you. Last thing is: you do not need a mentor. There are a lot of information outside there you can read.
At the end, I can help to direct people to the right place to understand things in practice (not in theory) so if you want to send me questions by email here my personal emai: contesl@gmail.com. BUT the work is on your side. You need to learn to understand people that will help you.
Way to go, Sergio!
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wish for you all the best, I am preparing for PMP Exam.
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1 reply by Francisca Gusmao
Dec 28, 2017 4:05 AM
Francisca Gusmao
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Good luck!
It's hard but the final result is amazing!
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Francisca,
I agree with Sergio and Sante, You really don't need a mentor, self study is best for theoretical knowledge and try to exercise or be attached to few projects for practical knowledge, we have Great Giant Gurus here just to name a few like Sergio, Sante, Mounir Ajam, Stephane, others etc if you have a question you can ask here or as Sergio offered his personal email which is quite a generous offer. (( You mentioned you are a PMO member so project management office is good place to gain exposure to many different projects))
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1 reply by Francisca Gusmao
Dec 28, 2017 4:09 AM
Francisca Gusmao
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Riyadh,
Thank you for the answer.
For the theoretical knowledge I don't have any issue. My problem is practical knowledge.
I have some experience in Spatial Plan Projects but in my country PM is majority in IT projects. So I would like to have some more practice to be able to open my mind and reach other opportunities.

Thank you!

Best regards and happy new year!
Francisca
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Francisca,
I agree with Sergio and Sante, good option suggested
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I feel you don't need a mentor, and better learning option would be getting in practical situations of project management practices.

Project management avenues are everywhere - social group, communities, industry/enterprise, govt organization or NGO...etc

Moreover, seasoned professional are available here to address any query.
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I agree with my fellow colleagues ... A mentor can guide but cant help you practice. Getting involved with the local chapter is the best.
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Dec 27, 2017 4:37 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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I see this types of request many times. First thing I´d like to say is: mentor must be searching into the company where you are working on. Just in case you are not working into a company then participate into your local PMI Chapter activities not matter the activity objective. Just the action to hear others talking about projects will help you. Last thing is: you do not need a mentor. There are a lot of information outside there you can read.
At the end, I can help to direct people to the right place to understand things in practice (not in theory) so if you want to send me questions by email here my personal emai: contesl@gmail.com. BUT the work is on your side. You need to learn to understand people that will help you.
Hi Sergio,
Thank you for all the help and information.
I will try to participate into my local PMI Chapter activities. And If I have any question I will ask you!
Best regards and Happy new year!

Francisca
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