The first step towards success might be to choose one’s calling but the next step is definitely to choose between the various learning tools and certifications that enhance the skills required to be best suited for the job.
In Project Management, the only two certifications that enjoy tremendous favor with the recruiters are PRINCE2 – an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments and PMP- often standing for Project Management Professional. As a budding new professional, how is anyone to decide which certification will provide the much needed leverage against rivals and will provide the impetus in the highly competitive Project Management Field?
PMP V/s PRINCE2: What is the debate?
- PMP is a certification. (PMP focusses on How).
However, PMP is not just a regular course one can undergo. It is a certification, but more than that a qualification program, which first started out in USA. It is a standard which most reputed companies consider a yardstick to measure a recruit’s competency in the field of project management, and involves methodology strewn across various industries, learning as well as execution techniques and problem solving abilities required to become a future Project Manager.
Those who are taking baby steps into the industry will find that it incorporates and entire dictionary of terms that will help them understand the project management techniques better. It undoubtedly ensures a better pay package and those looking forward to making a career in North America as a Business Development Manager are sure to occupy prime seats in the front row. It provides great networking opportunities, helping the users land up with a great first project which makes the CV really impressive in the long run.
- On the other hand, PRINCE2 certification– envisioned in UK (Focusses on Why)- is a Project Management methodology in itself, which has specific guidelines regarding how to plan and execute a project, complete with distinct stages of planning, templates and ideas that might be used during the process. Not to mention the role and responsibilities each team member is to undertake. Its features include organizing the planning of projects based on project plans, stage plans and team plans.
Those who have already undergone this methodology are of the opinion that it is both project and process focused, often fulfilling the dual functions. Since it is a very exhaustive certification, it basically trains the learner for life, teaching him the skills required for planning a project at every step, and helps him to become a better manger- not to mention the extensive salary that he would draw when he reaches an enviable managerial position. With its standardized approach, users from any country can understand and implement the plans in their respective projects, making the methodology extremely relevant in every business setting.
Depending upon how a professional wants to gather experience, where he want to see himself and in which industry he wants to work in, and where he is geographically situated he can make the call between the two.
(Ghana), Prince2 foundation and practitioner
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