7 years ago on June 27, 2013, I passed my Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. This credential has transformed my career. I can pinpoint the difference pre-PMP vs. post-PMP. Here are 7 ways my PMP helped me.
PMP is the gold standard of project management. While teaching PMP exam, many students say that getting their PMPs would give them instant credibility.
Also for me, it is the fact that I have passed the exam and do not have to ever retake it. Once you pass, now all you have to do is get 60 personal development units (PDUs) every 3 years to maintain your PMP.
PMI Network Community
Project Management Institute (PMI) reports that now in 2020, there are over 1 million PMPs. I like being a part of this professional network. I learn how other PMPs in different countries work on their projects.
I love paying it forward by helping other professionals become PMP certified. My mantra has always been being the help that I do not feel that I received when I pursued my PMP. Teaching also keeps me current about the new project management developments.
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Career Opportunity and Credential Portability
The PMP is globally recognized. I am able to use my PMP in both the private and public sectors. You do not have to feel stuck in your job or your industry. You can leverage your PMP credential anywhere.
Project management has afforded me the opportunity to create helpful content for my audience. Since receiving my PMP in 2013, I have been blogging and shooting video. I had a Project Management Mondays Blogtalkradio podcast www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena in 2016. I had Project Management Mondays Live on YouTube Live and now Projectized project management livestream Mondays through Fridays 5:30pm EST on Periscope YouTube Live and Instagram Live
Serving As A Mentor
Once again, receiving my PMP certification gives me another opportunity to mold future PMPs. I felt after my second PMP renewal that I could serve as a project management mentor. I have managed to maintain my PMP credential under two different renewal guidelines so I have the skills to help others.
Currently I serve as a Women in Project Management (WomenPM) mentor and private Facebook group administrator. You are welcome to join us.
When you become a PMP, it is a lifestyle not just a job. Project management has just given me a specific systems thinking. I have accumulated a unique way of problem solving. Project management has helped me approach problems and opportunities a different way from normal. This systems thinking has propelled my career and life.
These 7 ways have helped me as a certified PMP. Here’s to 7 more years.