Taking the Stress Out of the PMP Exam

  • 15 November, 2018

There are many benefits to becoming a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). However, the process of becoming certified can be stressful. In order to manage the stresses of taking the PMP exam, project managers should adhere to the following PMP exam tips:

Review Information About the Exam

Project Management Institute (PMI®) offers several resources to help project managers prepare for the PMP exam. The current PMP exam content outline explains the percentage of questions on the exam from each domain. Reviewing the outline will help you understand where you should focus your efforts when studying. The PMP Handbook includes information about applying to take the exam, exam policies and procedures, and certification policies and procedures. Learning as much as you can about the PMP exam and what to expect on exam day will help ease some stress the morning of the exam.

Study the PMBOK® Guide

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) is an important resource for preparing for the PMP exam. The PMP exam was updated in the beginning of 2018 to align with the release of the sixth edition of the PMBOK Guide. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the project management concepts that are discussed in the PMBOK Guide and have this resource available as you are preparing for the exam.

Take Practice Exams

Knowing the types of questions that will appear on the PMP exam and being familiar with the format of the exam will help you to be better prepared and feel more confident when you are taking the actual exam. PMI provides PMP sample test questions. You can also find practice questions and exam simulators as part of select PMP prep courses.

Enroll in a PMP Prep Course

If you feel stressed about preparing on your own, you can sign up for an online PMP exam prep course. A good exam prep course should include lecture notes and PMP practice exam questions. Another benefit of taking a course is that it can count toward the 35 contact hours of formal project management education prerequisite, which PMI requires for PMP eligibility.

By knowing what to expect on exam day, reviewing the important concepts that will appear on the exam, practicing sample exam questions, and preparing for the exam with a prep course, you should feel confident about taking and passing the PMP exam.

Posted by EduMind Inc - 11:18 PM

Benefits of PMP Certification

  • 09 November, 2018

Becoming a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) is not an easy task. Doing so requires thousands of hours of leading and directing projects and passing a difficult exam. However, the benefits of PMP certification far exceed the effort required to become a PMP.

According to Project Management Institute (PMI®), the PMP “is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers.”i It is not a simple task to earn this industry-recognized certification. In order to even sit for the PMP exam, project managers must meet certain criteria. The application process requires information about education attained and project management experience. In fact, project managers with a four-year degree need 4,500 hours of leading and directing projects while project managers with a secondary degree must have accrued 7,500 hours of leading and directing projects. By completing the PMP exam application, being approved to take the exam, and passing the exam, PMP-certified project managers set themselves apart. Being a PMP shows that project managers have the necessary knowledge and experience to effectively manage projects.

Not only does obtaining PMP certification prove project management experience but preparing for the PMP exam provides project managers with additional project management knowledge. Project management professionals who are applying to take the PMP exam must have 35 hours of project management education. This education is critical for passing the PMP exam, but it can also be applied in the workplace and can increase a project manager’s skillset.

A higher salary is another benefit of PMP certification. In a survey of nearly 11,000 project management professionals in the United States, PMP holders had a median salary that was 25% higher than the median salary of project management professionals who were not PMP certified. The median salary for PMP holders was $115,000 compared to $92,000 for non-PMP project management professionals.ii

Whether a project management professional is seeking a way to stand out in the industry, is wanting to learn new project management knowledge and skills, or is looking to make more money, becoming a PMP can help achieve these goals. Start applying to take and preparing for the PMP exam to gain the benefits of PMP certification.

References

iProject Management Professional (PMP). Retrieved from

iiProject Management Salary Survey (2018). Retrieved from

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The Unique Demands of Being an Anaesthesiologist

  • 03 November, 2018

The life of a medical student starts with carefully choosing a school major and goes on to handling rigorous MCAT training in the weekends / weekdays, accommodating lucrative volunteer programs and finally entering into the preferred medical school.

While admission into the medical school is often considered as the ultimate event in the life of a student, there is another crucial decision to make that will determine the course of a student’s career in the long run – the choice of medical speciality.

Most students talk about specialities like radiology, paediatrics, cardiology, gynaecology, dermatology and oncology. However, it is a fact that the truly unique area of anaesthesiology is yet to make it to the list of the most preferred areas of medical practice.

The reason behind the trend is neither the lack of demand for anaesthesiologists nor the complexity of the profession but the need to embrace some unique features of the practice.

The Unique Demands of Being an Anaesthesiologist
What does it take to be a successful anaesthesiologist?
Anaesthetists may not spend 40 hours a week sitting in a clinic, talking to patients and scheduling surgeries. But they offer acute care that demands different set of abilities to survive. Read on to find out what they are,

Great team player: The anaesthesia care team is made of both physicians as well as non physicians. The physician anaesthesiologist must play along with other members in order to provide optimal care for patients.

Good sense of humour: Co-existing with surgeons in the same room for hours may not be an easy task. It takes grace, confidence and a hands down approach to cope up with the environment.

Fantastic communicator: An anaesthesiologist has less than 15 minutes to interact with his / her patients. His ability to cajole them into an intense conversation during this short time span and make the patients feel comfortable and confident before the surgery counts.

Enjoy playing with gadgets: Modern medical technology has imposed the use of computerized patient monitoring system on anaesthesiologists. Therefore, it is important for an anaesthetists to know the gadget he / she is going to use, extremely well.

Alert and available always: Emergency surgeries could be scheduled at any time of the day or night. The need for an anaesthetist may take place in the early hours of the morning or even on Christmas day! Anaesthesiologists must be present well before the scheduled time to get the surgical procedure organized.

To be a good anaesthesiologist you need to love the operation theatre and deal with unconscious patients. As an anaesthesiologist you may not prescribe medicines or diagnose conditions but you have an exciting job of controlling a patient’s breath and blood circulation!

Can physician anaesthesiologists be replaced by nurse anaesthetists?
Can a physician anaesthesiologist who has strived hard with MCAT training in the weekends / weekdays, participated in leadership programs, completed residency and undergone multiple hours of clinical training be replaced by a nurse anaesthetic? The answer is NO!

Posted by EduMind Inc - 06:08 AM