Backward Pass 01 February, The second part of our look at an effective way to calculate the critical path during the PMP exam.
The most common questions I receive are about whether or not someone has enough project management work experience to apply to take the exam. Some people find there is a bit of a Catch when it comes to getting project management experience to take the PMP exam.
On one hand, you need to amass this project management experience in order to apply to take the test. But on the other hand, many project management jobs require that applicants be PMP certified project managers before they are even considered for the role. So how do you go about getting project management experience to apply to take the PMP exam if you are not already a PMP credential holder?
Here are a few ideas: Some project manager jobs do not require certification; find those, and give it your best shot landing one of those jobs.
Smaller companies may be more open to hiring someone without a great deal of project experience if they show that they are an intelligent, positive, and hard-working candidate.
Startups and similar small companies will be more likely to hire non-PMPs than might government or military organizations, where long lists of credentials and industry work experience are highly valued. Volunteer to manage small projects for your organization, or ask to serve as an assistant or associate project manager.
You might also speak to your manager or human resources department about project management mentoring; if you can shadow an experienced mentor, you can learn a great deal about leading and directing projects. Finally, you can work as a team lead in your current position.
While being a team lead might not equate to actual project management experience, you will still be managing people, timelines, and potentially budgets, which will be great experience that you can put on a resume and later talk to recruiters about when it comes to applying to project management jobs.
Be a member of a project team Even just working on a project team can be quality experience for a future project management career. Technical experience is very important for project managers; in fact, I find that engineers, developers, and other technical employees make some of the best project managers.
Getting quality experience as a technical member of a project team will, in my opinion, make you a much better project manager than someone who does not have a technical background or experience working on a multitude of different types of projects. This will give you a broad degree of project experience, and will show you what methods are used to manage projects in your company.
Your company might appreciate someone who can serve as a central point of contact for project management information. Take some project management courses If you have the time and energy to do it, you might seek out some project management education. In order to get PMP certified, you will need 35 contact hours of project management education, so you will need to get it at some point!
Why not get it sooner rather than later?
There are plenty of courses, both online and offline, that offer project management training, and if you are serious about being a project manager, you might consider getting a Masters degree in Project Management. While this still does not equate to project management work experience, having such a degree will certainly give you a leg-up against candidates who have not had any formal project management training.
CAPM stands for Certified Associate in Project Management, and it is designed for people who are interested in becoming project managers and are just getting started with their project management careers. However, if you are having a lot of trouble finding a project management job without the PMP, perhaps the CAPM can help you to demonstrate to recruiters or the people in your human resources department that you are serious about becoming a project manager.
Another option you might choose is to undergo a different, non-PMI certification. Agile Development using Scrum is very popular these days, and by undergoing an Agile certification you will learn how to manage iterative development projects using Scrum. Stay positive My final piece of advice is… stay positive!
Focus on the positives, and on all of the great things that you can do. Prove to your recruiter that you are an accomplished problem-solver, a team player, and a dedicated worker.
If you can give recruiters a glimpse of the amazing project manager that you will one day become, they might decide to take you on to help you begin your journey.The PMP® Exam is Changing 26 September, From March 26th, , the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam will be based on the sixth edition of the PMBOK® Guide.
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