Jen’s note: This post is sponsored by Strategy Execution, a training company dedicated to the career advancement of project management professionals. One of the aspects that I admire about the project management profession is the rigorous attention applied to professional development. This post highlights some of the training avenues a project manager might take.
Whatever stage you are at in your business career, it is never the wrong time to find training beneficial. Graduates and experienced employees alike can always find something useful to take home from project management courses. The beauty of these kind of courses it that even if you do not currently need to be a team leader, it can help you reach that promotion or new job you have been striving for, or it can help boost your confidence if you are already a project manager.
It doesn’t matter if the company you work for is big or small, there are many aspects that apply to all kinds of business, mainly to do with how to encourage colleagues and staff and understand them and your clients and customers too. Management training courses can be attended by anyone and are there to ensure you really are making the most out of your skills. They help you build upon those skills and allow you to come away with a fresh take on how to approach a variety of situations meaning you can push your team further to drive productivity.
Alongside taking a training course just to boost your memory or your confidence, you could also embark on PMP training which leads to you gaining the Project Management Professional credential. This enhances your CV and gives you an extra boost in the interview room if you are searching for a new position. It is also worth taking this exam if you are not thinking of looking for a new job, again, for confidence and motivational reasons.
In each of these cases, it is worth looking into PM training if you are an employer, both for yourself and for you employees, as it can never hurt to try and improve productivity in your company and it is worth looking into as an individual for reasons previously mentioned. Many companies nowadays build some kind of training into their schemes, proving that it does work and it is a worthwhile investment.
Updated December 2018 to reflect the merger of ESI International and IPS Learning to form Strategy Execution.