This question has been a process for me to be able to answer. I knew I was ready to transition from the ministry. It took some time and help from several friends to realize that I have been managing projects most of my career, without that specific label. As this came into focus, I began asking recruiters about project management opportunities. The response without fail was, “sure!” The next sentence without fail was “do you have your PMP?” As I investigated, I frequently encountered statements indicating that project management is 90% people skills and 10% technical. Since people skills, organization, technology, leadership, and vision are strengths to me, I decided to pursue certification to add to my tool box.
There are project management opportunities across industries. There is a great need for qualified project managers. It is an essential part of a business of any size to be able to move forward. Project management is a temporary endeavor. It is about bringing expertise, organization, interpersonal skills and many tools to produce a product, service or result.
There are several certifying bodies for project management, but none so well known and accepted as Project Management Institute (PMI). PMI offers several certifications for project and program management, but the PMP is one of the most well known, and it is GLOBALLY recognized. The certification has been in existence for 30 years. It is thoroughly protected for authenticity by PMI. PMP Certification has become a screening question for project management job opportunities.
I passed the PMP exam November 11, 2014 after an intensive study journey of a bit over three months. After catching my breath, I decided to share what I have learned so far in my journey in Project Management.