Project Management: Growing within it

Project Management: Growing within it

Project Management: Growing within it

Are you looking for opportunities to grow as project manager? Are you looking to achieve maximum success in project management? Project Management is a discipline within a discipline. It requires bilateral learning in order to be able to effectively manage responsibilities and hold project managers accountable for their success. It takes a lot of sacrifice to become a professional project manager. Here are some objective ways to help you focus your intentions.
Volunteer:
Volunteers are a great way to show support for your cause. It’s getting free work to produce more or better quality in the cause they believe in. This is a great way to network and gain experience. Habitat for Humanity is a great place to volunteer if you are interested in becoming a project manager in the construction industry. A good volunteer experience in health care could help you become a project manager.
Cost: Time (medium), Money (low).
Reward: Experience (high), Networking (high).

Attain Memberships:
Because they allow you to grow, memberships are great. Articles can be written on best practices and lessons learned to help you understand the industry trends. Websites of organizations can provide a wealth of information that can help you and your company. Here are some organizations with which I have been affiliated:
PMI- Project Management Institute is available at pmi.org. PMI is the industry standard for project management. Membership gives you access to knowledge, networks, resources, and other resources that will help you in project management.
AACE- Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering is available at aacei.org. AACE is home to many highly respected project management professionals. Understanding cost is crucial for project managers, and AACE does this well. The organization is smaller than PMI, so there is more opportunity to share something with these professionals.
ASQ- American Society for Quality can found at asq.org. ASQ is the world’s leading source for Quality Management. Six Sigma is a great example. It is crucial to produce a high-quality product in a timely manner as a project manager. This organization has a legacy that includes many notable members who helped shape this organization.
Cost: Time (low), money (low).
Reward: Experience (med), Networking (med),

Higher Learning
College is a great way for you to find a niche in which to manage your projects. It is well-recognized that a project management degree is valuable. But what would you do? It is important to understand the intricacies and know how to resource a need as a project manager.
Forbes published this article about the highest starting salaries for college graduates.
While obtaining a degree takes time and money, the rewards are tremendous.
Cost: Time (high), money (high).
Reward: Experience (high), Networking/med-high

Get certified PMP:
To be certified, you don’t need to hold the title “Project Manager”. To become certified, you don’t need to have a college degree. However, you will need to have years of experience in the areas project managers work in. This can be achieved through volunteering and work. You organized your best friend’s wedding! It was a lot to plan for the budget, scope, and deadlines.
The most sought-after credential right now is the PMP certificate. One puts you in the “have” group vs. those who “have not”.
Cost: Time (medium), Money (low).
Reward: Experience (high), Networking/med-high

Find a mentor
Do not be afraid to ask for the experience of others. It can be difficult. You will grow if you have a humble mindset. Ask for help from someone who is majoring within the majors you are interested in.
Cost: Time (low), money (low).
Reward: Experience (high), Networking(med-high),

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