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Gaining a Competitive Edge Through Certification

Ramon Gonzalez

Ramon Gonzalez

12+ years




Project Manager 2

Project Manager 2


As documented by Ramon Gonzalez

I believe that executing ideas is my greatest skill, so project management is an excellent fit for my personality. For the past four years, I’ve been a project manager at TDECU, a financial institution, and I have a total of 15 years of experience in project management. 

Because I don’t have a formal degree, I realized I needed to upskill to maintain a competitive edge over my peers. I enrolled in Simplilearn’s PMP® Certification Training, which dives into the emerging trends, new technologies and practices, and core competencies that today’s project managers need. I chose Simplilearn because of its positive course reviews and flexible schedule, which made it easier for me to take the course. 

After completing the program and getting certified, I received new projects, and I now work with a team full of experts from different backgrounds. Simplilearn’s training stressed that project managers are serving leaders and responsible for efficiently leading the team in the right direction and making a project successful. Money has never been my first motivation. I am working with one of the best teams I have ever had, and Simplilearn’s course has played a significant role in getting me where I am today.

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Leveraging a Varied Background

I’ve embarked on different professional journeys, from operational management and executive roles to entrepreneurship. My roles have been quite diverse, just like my personality. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, so I established a startup with eight colleagues, grew it, and sold it at a profit. Once I checked off being an entrepreneur from my bucket list, I needed a change, a new challenge. Simplilearn provided the foundation I needed to take that next step in my career.

Choosing the Right Upskilling Partner

When I decided to upskill, I Googled, researched, and decided to go with Simplilearn because of its flexibility and practical approach. Simplilearn adapted to my schedule, and I studied at night, on weekends, and recorded the lectures to rewatch them. Simplilearn made it simple and convenient. 

I had a great experience. When faced with my certification exam, I had not taken a test in a long time. This challenge was one of the hardest of all, but due to the diligent efforts of the tutors and easy-to-understand course material, I passed my certification exam on the first attempt. 

With my certification, I had new projects, which significantly boosted my confidence. What began as an interest turned out to be the most memorable time of my professional life. 

My long-term career objective is to work in a leadership role and inspire other project managers to upskill. I believe that the small steps count and one should never stop pursuing their goals in life.