Have you ever done something crazy like dancing while presenting in a business meeting or dyed your hair purple? While there may be a variety of reasons a person would do this, there is no mistaking it would make them stand out from a crowd. To set yourself apart in this jam-packed world of professionals what would you do to make yourself “Stand Out”? The days are long gone when professionals had just a few skills they relied on to survive and sustain in the job market. Time has changed, and the business world has transformed and become highly complex and competitive in a variety of aspects - resource skill sets, organizational structure, complexity of managing projects, global teams, increasingly virtual communication. It takes extra effort for people to work in this competitive world. Both individuals and organizations need to make themselves competent enough to distinguish themselves from others in terms of competencies and certifications.
Every professional needs something that escalates their efficiencies and effectiveness in terms of time, resources, risks, communication, planning and decision making. Organizations need to make a difference too by adopting smart technologies based on a structured approach like PRINCE2®, a process driven project management methodology that helps lead individuals and organizations to run projects step-by-step by implementing seven principles:
- Continued business justification
- Learn from experience
- Defined roles and responsibilities
- Manage by stages
- Manage by exception
- Focus on products
- Tailored to suit the project environment.
These principles are complimented by its seven themes:
- Business case
Flexibility is another essential feature of PRINCE2® framework which makes it adaptable to projects of every size and complexity.
Obtaining PRINCE2 certification can also help individuals stand out in a crowded marketplace of Project Managers. Obtaining this certification will let potential employers know you are a Project Manager who utilizes given resources in the most correct way, is able to calculate risks, makes contingency plans to minimize risks, and delivers successful projects. To become PRINCE2 certified, start with the basics: The PRINCE2 foundation course and exam. Once complete, you can then take the PRINCE2 Practitioner course and exam and PRINCE2 Professional course and exam. People who qualify for the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification should re-register themselves after five years and pass the re-registration exam to keep their registered practitioner status. To really make yourself stand out, the PRINCE2 Professional Certification is available to those who have qualified to be Practitioners. In order to obtain this certification, you need to pass an assessment comprising of individual and group exercises.
While having a PRINCE2 certification will help you stand out, it may impact your wallet as well. As of May 2014, the average salary of an IT Project Manager with PRINCE2 certification was higher than that of their peers without certification. According to payscale.com, the average salaries of PRINCE2 certified Project Managers is listed below.
- United Kingdom and Ireland: $107,000 (USD)
- Netherlands: $96,000 (USD)
- Belgium: $72,000 (USD)
While PRINCE2 was started and popularized in the UK, it is gaining wide acceptance across Europe, Africa, and Asia as a Project Management standard. The certifications are becoming increasingly more accessible, now available in 19 different languages.
In an effort to best serve our clients, CorePM has partnered with one of the industry leaders in PRINCE2 training and certifications, ILX Group. With 25 years of experience, ILX offers multi-lingual trainers and specialists providing a variety of virtual courses to help you prepare for your PRINCE2 certifications.
Combine the confidence that comes with PRINCE2 certification, and industry-leading PRINCE2 software, CorePM, to help you manage your projects in a way that will truly help you stand out. Contact CorePM today to get started on your path to certification.