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Posted 05-20-2009 at 05:04 PM by pereb

Lately, Iíve been thinking about a lot about my future. Or, really, Iíve been thinking about my past. Where my career started and where it is now are miles away from each other. Iíve been working for a large design firm for the better part of a decade now, and though my employer has stayed the same, my job sure hasnít. I started at the bottom, right out of college with no training but tons of ambition. Over the years Iíve managed to climb my way up the proverbial career ladder into a management position. Iím not the bottom-feeder anymore. However, Iím not exactly a big fish either. I feel like my career is stagnant. I donít want to leave my company, especially in this economy. I need to move up, not out.

But how do I do this? Some friends of mine who work in IT suggested I follow their lead. When they need to advance (or need to stay relevant in their careers), they go for training to get more certifications. They suggested I look into training to get a certification in project management. It didnít sound like a horrible idea (although these arenít the friends of mine who are known for their horrible ideas, thankfully), so Iíve been looking into it a bit. To my relief, it looks like going back to school wonít be necessary. With the certifications for project management you can get training for on your own time, and take the exam when youíre ready. So maybe getting a certification wouldnít be a bad idea. Now the problem is figuring out which path to choose.

The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is one option. Microsoft also offers a project management certification called, appropriately, Microsoft Project. And then thereís another certification called Project+. Which is best for me? Which is best for my career? This is where I stand. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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