There is nothing like the thrill of walking into a networking event armed only with your PMP certification. (I’m being figurative here – put that certificate back into its frame.) But seriously, PMP certification is a big deal, and can open new opportunities to any Project Manager to accelerate his or her career.
Here’s a test. With regard to being a certified PMP, which of the following is not true?
- You will learn new methods, shortcuts, tips, tricks, and techniques that will be useful in your ability to manage projects.
- Your PMP certification will expose you to the latest trends and best practices in Project Management.
- You will impress your peers and friends at parties.
- You will have networking opportunities with other certified Project Managers.
- You will have opportunities to instruct PMP candidates in formal certification classes.
So how did you do? Actually, all five points are true, if you take advantage of such opportunities.
- You will learn new methods, shortcuts, tips, tricks, and techniques that will be useful in your ability to manage projects. This is true. Pay attention to information sent directly from PMI. Attend local PMI events, seminars, and special trainings. Form local mastermind or Meetup groups with other like-minded individuals.
- Your PMP certification will expose you to the latest trends and best practices in Project Management. As for point 1 above, this is true. PMI practices continuous improvement. Organizations continue to study industry trends and share them. Having a PMP certification provides increased exposure to current thinking in project management.
- You will impress your peers and friends at parties. Yes, true. Why not? When conversations about the benefits of backyard greenhouses or the latest performance of Lady Gaga begin to wane, there is nothing like a lively discussion about earned value calculations to salvage a party. Hey, I didn’t say what kind of party.
- You will have networking opportunities with other certified Project Managers. Duh? See points 1, 2, 3, and 5!
- You will have opportunities to instruct future PMP candidates in formal certification classes. True. Becoming a teacher of PMP principles not only helps new candidates; but it also offers you additional networking and learning opportunities, and provides you a chance to practice the human aspects of Project Management through public speaking.
Network well. You have an additional support system with your PMP certification.
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