Last December 12, we had a chance to listen to a talk by Mr. Greffin, a Project Manager and also a co-worker of Ma’am Kit from Globe Telecom. He basically talked about what it’s like to have a career in Project Management.
He started off with his basic background including the companies that he worked on. For the past 6 years, he had already tried different companies inside and outside the country. And one thing that he told us to remember is that we should at least try to avoid being in so many companies in just a short time. Furthermore, we should invest on a company that offers many trainings and gives us opportunities to grow.
He also mentioned that before, he never even thought of being a “PM”. All he wanted is to become a developer: to code and code and code. However, as he transfers from a company to another, one of these companies, HP, gave him an opportunity in the field of Project Management. From then on, he continued taking this path.
He shared the serious and not-so-serious FAQ’s in the field of Project Management. According to him, to be a successful project manager, one must learn how to balance all the resources in order to deliver a project efficiently. The EQ of a project manager is also important. One must learn how to properly handle and deal with his/her team mates. Though having this career might be somehow stressful and takes much of your time, he said that it is all worth it in the end.
According to him, certifications really matter in resume and job interviews. However, it’s not all about that. He said that there are many project managers that don’t even have certifications. He stresses that knowing how to handle your tasks/projects properly is more important than certifications.
He shared with us his frustrations and struggles in taking the PMP certification; he shared with us a bit of his life and his career as a Project Manager, as well as its pros and cons. It is indeed an hour full of learning and inspiration. Who knows, some of us might be successful PMs someday. Thank you sir Greffin for this talk!
This day also marks the last day of our PM class with Ma’am Kit. We’ve learned so many things about Project Management and things that are beyond that. We got to know more about the “outside world” and what it’s really like to be in the industry. I’m also happy that we were given a chance to handle a real client. It was both a challenging and fulfilling experience.
Thank you po for this semester! Enjoy life! Take care always and God bless! 🙂
PS: thank you rin po sa donut hahahahaha