Why Gain Project Management Qualifications?

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We recently polled project management practitioners on the reason why they undertook project management study with the aim of gaining a project management qualification. Often – and because Arras People is a recruitment business – the conversation we usually hear around this question is qualifications are used as a means for gaining a new job. …

The Grand National of PM Careers

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Next week I’m going to be hosting a table at the APMG Showcase in London. The sessions are planned for the morning and for this year’s Birds of a Feather session I’m going to be doing something a little different. A few months ago I presented at Project Challenge on the PPM Stakes – a …

Q&A Project Management Careers – Portfolio Office

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“I am currently working for an established financial services provider within the project team and am looking for a fresh challenge. The problem I am facing is that of targeting my CV for the market as the vast majority of work that I carry out is in support of a Portfolio as opposed to a …

The Careers Adviser Podcast: Sector Changes

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Our newer version of the Arras People Podcast publishes every second Thursday of each month (subscribe to our podcast feed here or on iTunes), and our latest episode is in the hands of our own Lindsay Scott. This month, The Careers Adviser Podcast taps into some questions candidates often have about changing the sector they …

PRINCE2 and APMP – Confusion!

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Latest survey results from Arras People’s birthday celebrations show a confusing picture in the world of project management qualifications and accreditations. I know there is already confusion in terms of which ones are the most recognised, most requested, most likely to get you a job etc however see what you make of this: We asked …

Separate the Wheat from the Chaff: PRINCE2 Professional

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A new level of PRINCE2 qualification has entered the already competitive project-management training course marketplace this year, which takes the PRINCE2 methodology – already available widely at both Foundation and Practitioner standard – to a whole new level. PRINCE2 Professional is a practical, hands-on take on PRINCE2, giving candidates the chance to put their knowledge …

Project Management Careers Advice – Starting a New Job

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I’ve secured a new position in a few weeks time with an organization I’ve always wanted to work for.  I want to make sure I’m fully prepared and do a good job, do you have any advice? Congratulations on your new position! I’m really glad that you are already thinking about starting work and like …

Pro Plus – Humanitarian Project Management

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Last week I was invited to the launch of a new accreditation for those specifically working within humanitarian, charities and NGO projects. The PMD Pro is aimed at people working on development projects and specifically for those working in ‘field-based’ projects, for example emergency crisis projects like Haiti. PMD Pro was developed and launched a …

Calm in the Eye of the Storm

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Storm chasers are professionals (or should be) who watch for tornadoes and hurricanes during the summer months in the southern and Midwestern United States. Their goal is to get close enough to a storm to photograph and video it without incurring any harm to themselves. Some do it for the thrill, while others chase storms for …

Active Benefits Management

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The failure in most organisations to optimise benefits realisation is putting future investments at risk as funding agencies lose confidence in the organisation’s ability to manage change.  Addressing this issue calls for a fundamentally different approach from the way we currently manage benefits. This workshop goes beyond the usual techniques such as cost/benefit appraisal, benefits …