Experience in Project Management

Jose sent me an email with important questions about project management and education.
Hey Josh!
I am a big follower of yours and enjoy your tips. I know you do this a lot, but I have struggled to figure out what the next step should be. I am constantly learning, but I don’t feel like I have mastered the PM hard skills. I have purchased the WBS coaching. What other training sets should i sign up for?
I also started an MS-in C.I.S at a reputable school online, but after just one class I realized that the traditional education was not for me. I prefer hands-on experience. However, I fear that without a graduate degree I might never be able to reach a managerial position.
My ultimate goal is to become a cloud evangelist. I want to use my PM skills and help businesses become more green with cloud computing and other green IT technologies. I am trying to learn as much as possible, but it is difficult because I don’t apply it every day.
Sorry for the lengthy message. However, any feedback would be appreciated!-Jose
Jose, thank you! ?A Cloud Evangelist, I love it!
It is important to have a clear goal when planning your career path. I offer a second course in my online program. These worksheets help you to determine your starting point, where to go, and how to get to there.
If you have a 4-year degree already, I recommend that you get experience before you pursue an advanced degree. I see too many people who have advanced degrees but no experience in project management. Experience is the key to success!
While it may be different in other countries the expectation in the USA is that entry-level project managers have an advanced degree. After you have worked hard for a while and gained valuable experience, it will be easier to decide if an additional degree is right for you.
Excellent question!
P.S. P.S. You can post your question to the new?LinkedIn discussion group. You will receive a lot of great insight from people around the globe!