Excelling in Project Management

This year Zubair passed Project Management Professional (PMP) exam,a prestigious industry-recognised certification for project managers


At a place where youth have fewer career options, which are further narrowed down by the limited choice of the subjects, it is not an easy task to pursue a non-conventional career. But 27-year-old Zubair-ul-Rehman Lone seems to have broken this trend by making a career in a non-conventional profession.
Zubair, who had earlier attended an engineering college, apart from studying economics, started his career in Information Technology by developing low-cost web solutions for micro and small enterprises. One of his endeavors was “Corporate J&K.”
 Zubair’s interest for development project management began in 2011 when he joined Mercy Corps, an international development organization, as Project Officer in one of its projects in Kashmir. “I really enjoyed working at Mercy Corps. I got so much to learn there,” he says. At Mercy Corps he passed the Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro) Level 1 exam. “After that I really got interested in project management and started to take it very seriously,” he says.
 Zubair started to look at development as a sector – he wants it to thrive fully in Kashmir – and took project management as a career path. He qualified Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) credential in April this year. The Project Management Institute (PMI) is an international professional organization for project management. Globally recognized and demanded, the credential of PMP demonstrates that a project professional has the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects and manage resources to achieve organizational objectives.
Notably, Zubair has registered himself as the first person from the State of J&K to qualify PMP with International Development as an application area. As part of PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements program, he says, a PMP credential holder has to constantly update his knowledge and skill set as a project manager so as to stay as relevant and updated, and that too within a period of three years.
 Currently handling projects and consultation assignments with different organizations, he hopes to focus next on Organization Development (OD). He is also pursuing Organization Development Certificate Program (ODCP) from Institute of OD.  "I want to work full time in project management; as project managers are the primary practitioners of OD, I want to help organizations in our state with design and development and with sourcing in standard project management practices," he says.  ''I am also very keen about assisting nascent entrepreneurs in organization design and development."

Lastupdate on : Tue, 28 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 28 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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