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Best higher level learning objectives for PM?

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CODY DUFFNEY Lewisville, TX

If I am targeting Project Management and already am enrolled in a a PMP certification program, what should I focus on with my associates and bachelors degree? I originally planned to pursue engineering, but I am really interested in the PM career field and would like to know which degrees would be most beneficial. Additionally, if anyone has a school suggestion in the DFW area, I would appreciate it.

23 October 2019 4 replies Education & Training

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Amit Chaudhary Cupertino, CA

project management is a moderately replaceable skill, but an important role.
Getting a BS degree is minimum to standout, get it in the field you want your job.

if it is tech, get it in Computer science, design or electronics

PMP is a good idea. So is scrum master.

Do not wait for degree to start applying and using failure & success to improve

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Ryan Thompson Saint Paul, MN

There are few stand alone PM's, they usually have experience in their respective fields and are PM's. It would be hard to find just a PM with no industry experience, e.g. tech, engineering, medical, manufacturing and so on. PMP cert should compliment you career interest, not the other way around.

Veteran

CODY DUFFNEY Lewisville, TX

John,

So focus on engineering over, say, business administration?

Advisor

John Volpe Seaford, NY

Hello Cody :

I think project management is a critical career skill. Working with various technical and business professionals on diverse projects is not only personally satisfying but also career enhancing. However, I do not recommend majoring in project management per se. I think a major in engineering with some pm training will provide you with better career options and also a stronger foundation to advance in a wide range of industries .

Good luck

John

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