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Staying Ahead of the Curve
When you want to stay ahead of the
curve, it pays to get a jump on things –
like your PMP® certification.
That's what Jo Holt, head of clinical
applications in the healthcare industry in
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, did when
she realized the PMI®
certification could become a requirement in
"Our company provides for one
training event each year and was very open
to us attending Cheetah's Exam Prep®
for the PMP® exam four-day
course," Jo explains. "It was a nice hat
trick for the company when I and two of my
colleagues passed the PMP® exam
the first time with Cheetah."
Jo did her research before she
chose Cheetah Learning. "When I commit to
something, I need to make sure all the bases
are covered and the chance of success is
great, so it was a no brainer to go with
Cheetah's training." Jo liked the fact that
Cheetah's methodology is tried and tested
with results to back it up. She also
appreciated being taken out of her work
environment to limit interruptions from work
and family so she could focus 100% of her
efforts on absorbing the information and
techniques Cheetah taught.
"If I had done a course near
my home, I know I would have been doing work
e-mails at night as well as helping with
homework from grades 12, 9 and 6, which is
pretty much my norm," Jo says. "I'm sure
that would have lessened my chances of
Being free to focus on the
material was a tremendous help for Jo in
preparing for the PMP® exam, but
she also found the memory map and daily
tests to be great assets. "The memory map is
invaluable in providing a framework on which
I could lay the course knowledge and my past
12 years of experience in Project
Management. Even now there's a copy of it on
my office wall that I reference to make sure
I'm covering all the bases in new projects."
Like many Cheetahs, Jo found
the volume of information covered in the
four-day class to be nearly overwhelming.
"Cheetah is focused on getting you through
it, but the instructor broke it down into
manageable chunks; you review The PMBOK®
Guide chapter, do an interactive
activity, then have a brief lecture. It's
not easy, but it does bring it all together
and makes it less overwhelming."
As soon as Jo and her
colleagues returned to work after passing
the PMP® exam, she noticed they
all approached their work in a more
structured way. "That showed me that it
wasn't just about the exam, as
impressive as passing it is, but about
taking us outside our Project Management
comfort zone and opening us up to other
ideas and strategies that allow us to do
what we do even better."
Jo doesn't have to worry about
the PMP® certification becoming a
requirement in her organization. She's ahead
of that curve now. But she has some advice
for others who are interested in moving
ahead of the Project Management curve by
pursuing PMI® certification.
"Commit to the Cheetah four-day exam prep
course. This means hanging up your phone and
living the methodology. The pass rate does
not lie, and if you do what your instructor
says, you will be well prepared. Don't
question why it works; just do it!"
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