We've put together the most common questions our project management career consultants get asked.
Published on: 28th January 2020
Do I need project management experience for the certifications?
Experience is absolutely not necessary. For people looking to start their career, we have a range of beginner courses that will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. Your career consultant will work closely with you to identify the most suitable certification based on your career plan.
What you’re lacking in experience will be celebrated in your methodology knowledge. Getting certified is a great way to begin your project management career can be the difference between getting a role or not. Dr Linda Meyer, Dean at Boston City Campus and Business college shared with us some advice. “Before you leave your current position, to start doing certifications while you’re in your old job. So that you don’t start right at the bottom, but you start from a level playing field.”
How valuable is a certification, when I already have experience?
Certifications validate your skills. Employers use them as a benchmark when reviewing candidates; it tells them you have the right competency to do the job efficiently. It shows your dedication to your career and increases your earning potential. Not only does it confirm your skills set, it introduces tried and tested processes that lead a project to success.
We spoke to Tracy Pound, the Managing Director at Maximity about why she chose to get certified to enhance her experience. “I didn’t want to go down any sort of certification route when it came to project management because I thought it only applied to really big projects and it wasn’t until I had one project that went a little bit off track, that I thought, well I’ve got no mechanism in my tool kit for being able to control how to deal with it, how to bring it back on track, so then I put myself through a formal certification in project management and it gave me that structure.”
How do I know when is the right time to get certified?
To put it simply, there is a high demand for project managers now. This means the quicker you get certified, the quicker to can get on the career ladder. According to the Project Management Job growth and Talent Gap report, by 2027 employers will need 87.7 million individuals working in project management oriented roles. By getting certified you’re bringing yourself into the demand.
It’s important that you do your research to ensure you are making the right decision for your career goals, but don’t fall into the trap of putting it off because of peripheral reasons. From our experience, the longer you put it off, the more time is wasted. It’s so often we hear people saying they wish they'd started earlier when they see the incredible end result. Don’t hold yourself back, picture where you want to be in the next 6 months, 12 months and go for it.
How do I fit studying around my lifestyle?
Our dedicated StudentCareTM team are experts in putting together study plans for our students. They will discuss the best way to fit in the right amount of hours and how to prioritise it against other commitments. We understand that things can get in the way but our student support aims to keep you on track.
Our online training platform, Percipio, puts your learning first. It offers an improved and interactive experience, meaning you have more tools than ever to complete your course. You can access your course content on all IOS and android smartphones and tablets, as well as your computer. It’s more portable than ever with the option to download content to view without internet connection.
Can I afford it?
We pride ourselves in offering courses that are great value for money. By taking into consideration your unique skills and background, we will develop a personalised learning path towards your career goals. The prices of these learning paths will therefore vary from person to person. Depending on your circumstances, we offer different payment options to support you into getting certified.
Do you have any student testimonials you can share?
You can find all of our student testimonials hosted on our blog page. We love hearing about our students' successes. Here’s some of our favourites below:
“Everyone I have dealt with in Learning People has always been friendly, approachable and eager to help. Any technical issues were sorted quickly and when I was booking my exams, the customer service was first class.”
“Learning People offered by far the most cost effective course and had the best customer care. An online training course I could do without having the expense and inconvenience of travelling seemed like the most appropriate method of study for me."
“What I really trusted with Learning People was the quality of advice given by the consultants; that’s what has kept me coming back to do more courses with them”
Will I get a job at the end of it?
We never guarantee a job at the end of our course, because it takes a collaborative effort between us and yourself. Our certifications are all designed to get you career-ready, using exclusive partners that provide the industry-leading certifications. We offer unrivalled Career Services to equip you with the tools you need to get into your next role. With consultants on-hand to review your CV, cover letters and LinkedIn profile and offer unique industry insights into building your network and interview preparation. Lead by our Head of Talent Communities, Mike Appleby, we boost your employability in your desired industry and will continue to support you until you reach success. All we need from you, is the right attitude and motivation.
In project management, there are opportunities in every industry. Whether you are already in the industry and choosing to upskill into project management or entering a new one, gaining a certification will put you on the right path. They are universally recognised so your opportunities are truly global.
How do you protect your customers?
We are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and accredited by the Learning Performance Institute (LPI) to ensure we deliver the highest standard of customer experience. Students can be confident that we are a trustworthy and reputable organisation, as we are audited regularly to ensure we adhere to both authority’s codes of practice.
Our industry leading certifications are trusted by the likes of HMRC, Honda, BT, VISA, Bupa and many more.
Our expert career consultants are available to elaborate further if you still have any uncertainty or to answer any additional questions. Get in contact directly on 01273 907919 or request a callback.