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Looking for Career Advise
I am looking to start a career on the civilian side at the end of this year, but I am unsure of what position I should be looking into applying for. I currently work as an Healthcare Administrator in the US Air Force and have worked in this career field for 8 years.

I have my Bachelors in Management-Healthcare and hold the PMI CAPM certification.

I am eligible to take the PMP at this time with my project experience throughout my career, but would really like some civilian sector experience in PM before applying.

I have also thought about doing other certifications such as the CompTIA Project+, Prince2Practioner, PMI-ACP, or the Scrum Master, but not sure how these will benefit me.

Looking for some career advice:

- Should I take the exam sooner to market myself for a job that way?
- What jobs should I be looking at for PM in the Healthcare industry?
- Is one of the mentioned certifications worth applying for before my transition?
- Any other certifications worth holding for Healthcare Admin?

Any advice would help!
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Hi Milton -

- It certainly cannot hurt to begin your preparation for the exam - application and study. On your resume, you can state it is in process and your target date.
- There are plenty of opportunities for project managers in the healthcare space; both at hospitals or as a consultant for implementing healthcare systems
- Yes, definitely begin you PMP application process. I cannot speak to Prince. ACP also requires an application with Agile relevant experience. CompTIA I believe is just a study, pay, take. You could look on Scrum.org at the PSM. That is also a study, pay, take; though its preferred to have some relatable experience. My advice, focus on the PMP for now. CompTIA won't provide the marketability you are looking for.
- Don't know specifically, but an MBA in Business certainly would be applicable and valuable.

tl;dr - begin your PMP application process and study prep. Update your resume to state PMP in progress and target date for completion. Look for Hospital system PM jobs or as a consultant with healthcare systems.
Milton -

More or less echoing Andrew, I'd say go for the PMP if you meet the eligibility requirements and in parallel try to get a PM role in healthcare to gain experience. The two big portfolios in most healthcare organizations are technology and construction/facilities projects but if your background doesn't fit either of those then perhaps a PM role in an operational excellence team in a healthcare provider might fit?

Hold off on any credentials other than the PMP until you get a couple of years of civilian PM experience under your belt.

Kiron
Yes, definitely get your PMP. Also, don't worry about a transition. You're coming to the table with your own bag of skills that others won't have. Play up your strengths and dive in, your path will become clear as you go.
Milton,

I agree with all the other advice you have received so for, but I would also like to add a couple of other suggestions

When you set up your resume be sure to translate your military experience into language that non-military recruiters and hiring managers will understand. The health-care industry has its own lexicon of terms and so does the military. Once you get your resume draft finished have someone who has not served review it to see if they understand what you did.

It is never too early to start networking. If you have the opportunity join the local PMI chapter most likely there are people who work in the IT and Health-care fields who would be willing to both review your resume and provide some good suggestions.

Gook Luck to you and Thank you for your service.
PMP certification will add wings to your skills. Please go ahead.
Milton,

I agree with my all my colleagues but the advice from Susan is spot on for transforming you military experience into civilian lingo. I received my BA in Psychology but was commissioned as an Army Communications Officer. My job with my employer was based on Telecommunication experience in the Military. I got a professional Resume writer experienced in translating Military Experience to Civilian Experience. This was almost 20 yrs ago so I don't recall the person's name but I do recall it cost about $300. However, it was well worth it. Good luck.
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Mar 01, 2018 5:54 PM
Drew Craig
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Agree. Professional resume writer is a worthwhile investment.
To add to the great and valued comments from others, I would say holding a PMP certification would be one of the greatest credentials - for targetting any healthcare PM positions. Further, I have noticed that people with army background or even the type of mindset for that matter - have been very successful in either PM/PMO positions, due to the disciplines, strong work ethics and time management skills.

Once you have a PMP, you may want to try with some consulting PM roles (agreed, with Andrew).. these days healthcare domain seems to be having lot of opportunities for PMs, especially in the technology (agreed with Kiron) or in process reengineering areas. Another avenue could be navigating through a BA type of role for entry, before jumping into a full fledge PM positions, unless you come across a right opportunity..

Good luck with your goals! The universe needs strong PM skills like yours, and a PMP certification will certainly reinforce those...
Mar 01, 2018 10:47 AM
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Milton,

I agree with my all my colleagues but the advice from Susan is spot on for transforming you military experience into civilian lingo. I received my BA in Psychology but was commissioned as an Army Communications Officer. My job with my employer was based on Telecommunication experience in the Military. I got a professional Resume writer experienced in translating Military Experience to Civilian Experience. This was almost 20 yrs ago so I don't recall the person's name but I do recall it cost about $300. However, it was well worth it. Good luck.
Agree. Professional resume writer is a worthwhile investment.
Get your PMP and Agile certifications now; it's likely the Air Force will pay for them, and both will be invaluable when you begin job hunting (the PRINCE2 certification is recognized largely in Europe, but isn't highly sought after in the States).
Get your PMP as many organizations look for PMP certified professional and it will be helpful in your transition in the corporate world. Apart from PMP, you can also consider taking Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt.
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