On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, I attended my first function as a new member of PMI-VI. Having passed my PMP exam just a week before, I am one of the newest PMP in the Chapter (and possibly the newest one in Canada). Someone at the dinner mentioned that it must mean that I am the most current but I’m pretty sure that it just means that I will have the most “opportunities for growth” in the coming months!
I was very impressed to find out how many professionals are involved in project management in the Vancouver Island area. 500 members and growing in strength, PMI-VI is taking an increasingly recognized place in the business community. I have noticed that, particularly in government and the businesses that deal directly with government, PMP and CAPM are becoming prerequisites for project management positions. This shows that the efficiency, time and cost saving benefits of proper project management are becoming better understood and sought after.
At the dinner, I had the opportunity to meet several of my new colleagues and found them to be, without exception, forthcoming, friendly and enthusiastic about our profession.
After that dinner, I am more convinced than ever that I made a smart choice in deciding to pursue my PMP credential. I am really looking forward to meeting more of the members in the coming months. In particular, I look forward to talking to members in other industries and learning about the similarities and differences of project management as compared to how it applies in my own industry.
Thanks to all for the warm welcome.
by Les Andrew, PMP • New PMI-VI Chapter Member