• CitizenSteward International LLC
What is your current career field? Is it any way related to contract/commercial management? Also, are you more interested in working for a private-sector company in commercial contracts, or in the public-sector with government contracts?
My current career field is in banking/financial services as a compliance professional. The only thing I currently do that is remotely related to contract management is review statement of works. It interested me the most and lead me to the decision to pursue contract management as a new career, which is why I am working on the certification. I just need some actual experience. I am open to the idea of being in private or public sector. Any suggestions for volunteer opportunities are welcome.
• Looking For A New Opportunity
Hi Charles. Around 2007 we started to notice that more project management jobs were requiring PMP certification (and the like). Were there no experienced and qualified PMs before then?? Of course not. The PMP certification simply allowed newbies with minimum project experience (as little as 4,500 hours) to get jobs in project management. But you cannot assign leadership of a complex project to a 'green bean' with a PMP, so instead of hiring an experienced PM, hiring organizations have somewhat dumbed down the job requirement. The duties of a PM have switched from someone who identifies and solves your problems, and lead solutions, to someone who can maintain the project schedule, arrange meetings, and track actions on spreadsheets. The "Project Manager" is now a low level functionary in many instances. The PMP is based on the latest version of the PMBOK. I have an electronic copy of the PMBOK 6th Edition, which I will be happy to share with you through email. Then if you have 4,500 hours working as a project manager, and 35 hours of documented project management training (which PMI will charge you US$550 for), then you can take the 200 multiple choice question PMP exam and get a nice framed certificate. With the global challenges with data protection, if you are in the IT industry, you might want to consider going for the PECB ISO/IEC 27005 Lead Risk Manager certification. That might open up more lucrative opportunities for you in the future then the PMP.
• Société Générale
Thank you very much for your advice, Jeff. I think I will go for the PMP then :-)
Hi Sharon, we would very much like to plan in some more dates. Please watch our events pages and we will put up some more dates when available! Alternatively we are getting a number of requests from corproates looking to do on-site bespoke courses: if that is of interest please contact Annelise on: email@example.com.
I´d strongly recommend to look for material in our IACCM library, where, for example, I have just identified this article:
Furthermore, there is a learning module in our CCMP program related, in general, to the different types of contracts and relations and some data can come from there regarding the property field.
Hope this helps!
Its fast becoming established in many (albeit usually larger) companies to have CCM as its own function reporting direct into CEO/MD, so you can say you're following best practice. To echo your comment, this recognises the independence and increasing importance of the function and ensures CCM has equal voice.
CCM under Finance is a bit of an anachronism, however try to ensure there's no implied criticism of your CFO in this move...ideally get them to support the change?