Carla’s Correspondence : Issue 60 : Taking Calculated Risks

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As you know, this Thursday at 2pm EST, I am hosting my first Managing Risks for Project Managers webinar with Invensis Learning. This is unchartered territory for me because I have never partnered with another company for a webinar. Collaboration is an enormous risk but one I am ready for because I’ve laid the foundation.

I have been blogging on www.carlarjenkins.com for over 2 years. Way before the phrases authority and thought leader were floated around, when I started I promised myself that when I write that I would never create fluff, feel good pieces. I would always come with the real and provide actionable steps. Putting in the work for two straight years have helped me get to this point. My commitment to writing actionable articles producing immediate results have put me in this position.

I also didn’t sit on my laurels. In 2015, I had my Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications; yet, I knew that I needed more. I was receiving interviews but not closing the deal. At the time I was working with a career coach who tried dissuading me from pursuing my Certified Scrum Master (CSM) because she thought that experience was key. Scrum is part of agile project management originating in the IT industry. I self-financed my CSM using my personal credit card and that was one of the best decisions I made because I received more opportunities. It also proved to be prophetic because this year, the new project management guide had agile in it. That March 2016 CSM decision paid off 18 months later.

I didn’t stop there. This year sensing the move from IT to IT service management (where technology moved from focusing on hardware product to software as a service), I decided to earn my IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification. That was a great career move because I got to compare my PMP knowledge with ITIL. The articles I wrote got me noticed by Invensis this summer and here I was with a  webinar opportunity.

My journey is showing you that you have to be persistent, take calculated risks and keep reinventing yourself. In 2015 and 2017, my MBA and PMP certifications would still get interviews; but, I am all about landing deals. This means staying current on all of the trends and seeing how your transferable skills will be able to get you to the next stage.

I welcome everyone to come and join me this Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2pm EST for my Managing Risks for Project Managers here: http://bit.ly/managingriskswebinar

Until next time,

Carla

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