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project management career

Who says you can’t have a wonderful and successful career in the world of project management if you started your career path from the bachelor’s degree path?

First of all, let me talk about the two unique formulas I have created that can help you define, plan and develop your project management career. I know most of you would be wondering how I created my two unique formulas – The Golden Formula and the Career Path Formula. It’s simple: Knowledge + Experience + Research (organising surveys, asking questions, studying the profiles and careers of top project managers, conducting interviews, etc.) I discussed about the two formulas with my e-book subscribers.

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…And I am still moving forward and gathering more momentum!

From starting the blog in August 2013 to celebrating its 3 years of existence in August 2016, my blogging journey on JerryIhejirika.com has been fun, challenging, educating, exciting…And I’m not finished yet!

There are a lot to learn; from writing to blogging, from SEO to data analytics, from social media to digital marketing, from project management to career management, from webinars to podcasting, from affiliate marketing to information marketing, from course creation to entrepreneurship…There are just a lot of things to learn if you are to survive in the blogosphere.

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6 Steps to YOUR Career Development in Project Management

Do you have a degree or certification in project management but still confused about your project management career? Or do you want to change career into project management but confused as to how to go about it? I have a FREE e-book that will teach you how to discover, define, plan and advance your project management career, just keep reading…

You see, having a degree or certification in project management won’t define your project management career. After all, not everyone is interested in practising what they were taught in school. I was never thought about blogging, teaching, career coaching and digital marketing throughout my days in school but I have built one of the most popular blogs on project management in Africa, and I do teach and coach people who are interested in project management how they can discover, define, plan and advance their project management careers. This is because I have discovered what makes me come alive in the world of project management – and that is teaching and coaching people who are interested in the profession and helping them achieve success. If you are interested in pursuing a great career or getting your dream job in the world of project management, I am here to help you.

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A blog is a great platform to showcase your personality, your skills, your interests, your talents, your knowledge and your experience. It helps people understand what motivates you, how you think, how you write, how you manage digital tasks, and how you handle praise and criticisms.

Blogging do sometimes lead to job offers. However, the probability of you getting a job offer through blogging depends on some certain factors which include:

Your Expertise

Aside from getting job offers on blogging positions because of your ability to create or manage a blog, most of the job offers you would probably get would relate to the expertise you are conveying through your blogging activities.

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There’s this wave of misconception that’s going on around town that if you have this or that certification, you are sure of getting a job. And a lot of persons, most especially new graduates and job seekers, have fallen victims to this misconception by spending their precious time, hard-earned money and energy in acquiring certificates that they do not know how or if it will boost their career or job search, and some more will still fall victims.

There is a high rate of unemployment in Nigeria and in some other countries. And a lot of job seekers are desperate to do whatever it takes to get a job. So, it makes it easier for these persons to convince them – the job seekers – that all they need to get a job fast is to get this or that certification. And when these job seekers get those certifications and do not still get a job after some period of time, they begin to label those certifications as bad and valueless.

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Career Development Training and Certification Tips

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If you are a project management student and interested in pursuing a project management career, are you waiting until you reach your final year or until you graduate before defining your career? I have talked about how you can define and plan your project management career while in school. I have also talked deep on when you should start planning here.

If you are a student and want to have a better understanding of the project management profession, are you waiting for when you would be told not to rely solely on books recommended by your lecturers and department? I have discussed about the importance of reading books written by practising professionals. Read wide, read good books and develop yourself.

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Last week, when Nigeria experienced a nationwide blackout, the President summoned me for an emergency meeting on the power issue. I was in Ghana then managing and monitoring a new power project. The President arranged for a private jet that would fly me to Abuja. Within the next 2 hours, I was with the President in a private location in Abuja.

In case you are wondering what my profession is and why the President summoned me, I am an Energy Project Manager and I have been directly involved in the planning, constructing and managing of some of Nigeria’s mega power projects in the past.

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Are you a member of the ‘Project Management Nigeria’ group on Facebook? Something new is happening!

Two years ago, I created the ‘Project Management Nigeria’ group on Facebook with the aim of discussing projects in Nigeria and sharing ideas on project management. Now, I want to redefine the group and channel our focus to an important aspect of project management.

I have been monitoring contents that have been posted on the group wall and I do delete some contents to make the group more valuable to members. I have also noticed that the contents that dominate the group wall are those on trainings, certifications and skills building in project management.

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Social Media Tips

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  — Howard Thurman

There are things that makes you come alive. You might not have discovered them yet, but there are things that definitely makes you come alive.

Most often, we think that “making money” is what makes us come alive. Definitely, no one wants to live in this demanding world without having some money. However, have you ever asked yourself why the multi-millionaires, the billionaires and the very wealthy men of this world are still working? It’s because they are involved in things that makes them come alive. Things that give them fulfilment. And the more they keep getting better at doing some of those things, the more money keeps flowing.

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Sometimes, I wonder why professionals in various track and field sports have coaches. I mean, they are professionals already, not amateurs, so why need a coach? They all have coaches because they know the value of having a coach.

I am an aspiring career coach with focus on the project management profession. I’m a firm believer that everyone needs a career coach just as much as we need lawyers, doctors, bankers and accountants.

However, many of us expect a career coach to do all of the work for us, while we wait for results. No, that’s not what career coaching is all about. You will do most of the hard work because you are the driver of the process and your success. The career coach will provide you with personalised goal setting, help you focus on your progress and provide you with continuous support over a course of coaching sessions.

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