Hi Fellow PMs. Would love to get some advice on career next steps. I have approximately 12 years of Project and Event experience, a BFA and PMP certification. What should I go for next? Another PMI certification? MBA? Just curious on what others have done. I just got my PMP cert in Oct 2021. TIA for your advice and likes for DMs. :)

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It sounds like you have a lot of experience and already have certifications as well. Why do you think you need more degrees or certifications?

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Thank you for the tips and advice. It’s much appreciated!

What do you want to do? Are you looking to stay and grow where you are or change industries? What does your director say about next steps? Or do you just enjoy school?

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That is a good question. I know that I want to work on creative projects. In what capacity, I’m not sure. Right now I am working on events and projects, but I am the only project manager type in our company. I would ideally like to work with a team of PMs that I can learn from and grow with. Also I am trying to distance myself more away from events and more into projects, but continue to get sucked back into them. I don’t mind doing them, but I feel that it’s taking away my time from projects that I would rather be doing. Not sure what moves to make next and what direction is best.

Depends on what you want to get into next! If you're considering tech/digital I'd say CSM would be a good certification to consider

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I’m currently in medical, and worked in tech previously. Definitely could go back to tech. Thanks for the tip!

MBAs are over saturated, look at MS programs in communications. Got my MS and next job got me $25k more.

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Thanks so much for the feedback. I keep hearing that MBAs aren’t necessary in all circumstances. I am not excited about getting into more student loan debt, and would rather focus my efforts on catered programs or certifications or hands on learning on the job site at this point. Thank you for taking the time to write this out for me. I appreciate it.

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