Julie-Ann is one of the first people to receive the CCMP designation, part of our First 500! We asked her to give us a glimpse into her journey towards this significant milestone in her career.
Julie-Ann, you've been really active with CCMP, recently delivering a global webinar for members, and delivering a session at ACMP 2016. Tell us a bit about your career.
I have close to 20 years of experience in Change Management, Project Management and Process Design. Prior to joining Pfizer Canada where I have been since 2002, I worked in consulting at Accenture in various industries within Canada and the US. I have a Bachelor degree from McGill University in Commerce with majors in Organizational Behavior, Labor Relations and Human Resources. Additionally, I have a Business Administration diploma in Finance and am certified as a Continuous Improvement Six Sigma Greenbelt.
I know CCMP requires at least 3 years of experience, but you clearly exceed the minimum requirements. Why did you want to pursue it?
At this point in my career, the CCMP was truly for me. My children are growing up and I have more time to focus again on my interests, development and career. I was excited with the opportunity to obtain formal recognition for my knowledge and experience. I was looking for something to work on for me. I did not want to go back to school, but I was committed to learning something new. So I focused on studying the ACMP standard. I have experience using various methodologies and The Standard provided a familiar structure to a logical way of managing change.
How did you prepare?
We were very well guided - the handbook is a great resource! The exam is based a lot on the ACMP standard. Applicants really need to become familiar with The Standard. That alone, is an additional benefit – we are socializing The Standard and ensure that we can understand and communicate with each other on future collaborations.
What benefits does having CCMP provide to you?
If I am forced to change employers in the future, I see the CCMP as a competitive advantage during the application process.
While it did take time to complete, it is reassuring to know that there is rigor in the process. Rigor is necessary to ensure that the certification is valid and respected by others.
Getting your CCMP designation is a process, one that you can begin and finish at your own pace. Begin by exploring the handbook - I am certain that you will be hooked once you learn more!