My PMP Journey with Simplilearn: Ramachandran Pillai
The Need – How I Realized I Needed A PMP On My Resume
A few years into my engineering career, I had a discussion with my manager regarding the concerns I had about my professional growth. This is when he recommended taking up a PMP. I did my research, and discovered that of all the options available to aspiring Project Managers, PMP topped the list.
Opting for a full-blown Project Management degree meant enrolling in a 2-year residential course from an institute or university, but that might still not have covered all the areas required - and there was no time on my hands. In stark contrast, the PMP looked all the more impressive, given its global-recognition for excellence in Project management Domain Knowledge.
Significantly, it is important to note that PMP is still not a very commonly available qualification for Project Managers in Malaysia.
Under the circumstances, I felt an instructor-led online PMP training course would meet my specific requirements beautifully. When looking around, I came across Simplilearn’s PMP Certification Training course, which seemed to fit the bill perfectly, and immediately enrolled.
How Has My PMP Training Helped?
Additionally, the PMP certificate has put me in a unique situation, as, given how uncommon PMP holders are in Malaysia, I am the only project manager with a PMP in my business unit. My guess is that the team in Malaysia wouldn’t have any more that 3-4 PMP certified project managers. I now look forward to passing on the knowledge to my colleagues and pass on the benefits to the community from my training.
What I Loved About the Course
The PMP exam is tough, but Simplilearn’s training simplified it for me. I was able to breeze through the exam, thanks to the 5 simulation exams that were a part of my training. A few features that stood out for me were -
- I had access to high-quality eLearning videos and a ready-reference downloadable participant handbook that would help ease my way into this new domain.
- The course material was top-notch and brilliantly laid-out. Besides the Instructor lectures, the learning material that came with the course was all I needed to crack the exam.
- I found the trainer to be quite knowledgeable. He drew upon his industry experience to offer useful insights and advice throughout the course.
Interestingly, this training batch was also attended by a fellow Malaysian with a Project Management MBA. Just goes to reiterate the value the course has even for those with a degree in project management!
Advice to My Fellow Aspirants
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