My Top 5 Biggest Accomplishments This Year

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I have just had my birthday this past August 9th and I am amazed at how much I have accomplished in this 1 year. I am in a much better place now than when I returned to Cleveland. I cannot even call this a rebuilding year because I have earned my ITIL 4 in 2019. I didn’t earn one certification in 2018.


Receiving My ITIL 4 Foundation Certification

This is my biggest accomplishment because I didn’t even know it existed. Here is March and I just peruse the Internet and out of nowhere here is information about the ITIL 4. I just sick and tired of being sick and tired so since I have some money left over from my contract job, I have decided to pass the ITIL 4.

The ITIL 4 is vastly different from ITIL 3 because the former introduces Agile, Lean and DevOps. I start from the ground up reading the ITIL 4 manual and the AXELOS ITILS study app. I have found a Udemy course with practice exams and -boom- I am off to the races. I have taken 1 web-based and 1 ITIL app practice exam every day. This culminates in my passing my ITIL 4 on March 31, 2019.

Receiving that ITIL 4 in 11 days is a big accomplishment. Many people still don’t pass certification exams in less than 2 weeks! This is my third time doing this. I have passed my Certified Scrum Master in March 2016 in 5 days. I have passed my ITIL 3 Foundation using in-person training prep in 7 days.


Received a 6-Figure Job in Cleveland

I admit that when I return back home, I thought that I would had to take a pay cut. I was happy that I didn’t; but, after being let go from the contract and on the bench, I realize that consulting is not for me. I start actively looking for full-time positions. I am glad to come this realization because permanent jobs mean clearer communication.

Michelle Obama Event at Cleveland Playhouse Square

This is a great event. I have attended both of Obama’s inaugural events when I lived in DC. Going there with the Mommy is a great treat. Getting floor seats are even better. Here are some of my photos.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Technical Essentials

I ended my year taking my very first AWS technical essentials course this past Tuesday, August 6th. Ohio Means Jobs paid for it. I had also done an Adventures in Workforce Development video series chronicling myself getting retrained using government money.

I am a techie at heart and cloud computing is all of the rage. With AWS being the market leader and Cleveland having two Amazon facilities, why not ask for the training? I am very happy to get it especially how much effort I have to dedicate towards getting the money!

I expect to have AWS in my future personally and professionally.

Women in Project Management Private Facebook Administrator

This is a big honor. All I want to do is to pay it forward and be the help that I didn’t receive when I started my project management journey in 2010. I start in this group posting videos then I get promoted to mentor. When I email the Project Management Institute (PMI) asking if it would accept my project management mentoring experience for credit and it says yes, that is when I have been elevated to private Facebook administrator.

I am very proud of my work because during my tenure, I have helped a woman pass her scrum certification exam in 2 days.

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2 Responses

  1. Aletha Oglesby, M.D.

    Congratulations Carla, you’ve worked hard and it has paid off. Thanks for celebrating your accomplishments with us. Wishing you continued success in your endeavors.

    • carlarjenkins

      Thank you so much so these kind words. I am working hard and open to what is next.