Recently, I had the pleasure of traveling to Atlanta, Georgia for a conference called CAPstone 2018 offered by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Part of the offerings at this convention was a designation of Project Management for any who attended the two and half day seminars. My current employer was gracious to allow me to go, and I am grateful I had the opportunity to attend, not just as an escape from the cold front moving in on the northeast, but for another designation to put under my belt.
The course was a literal boot camp, more condensed than the actual boot camp the organization teaching the course provides on a normal basis. The usual five-day course given by PKMG for those going for the Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification was packed into the two and a half day program in a whirlwind of information and application. We studied everything from a work breakdown structure and schedule, risk analysis, communication plans and team charters, critical path, and stages of a team.
It was an intense experience, but one that I am glad I was able to participate in. As it was the first CAPstone program, there were no real expectations for comparison, but a sole goal to educate and push the attendees to achieving the designation. However, what I took away from the experience was more than just new initials behind my name.
I met so many wonderful, powerful women who knew what they wanted, knew what it meant to be an admin, and weren’t afraid to voice their opinion. These women actually took the time to learn my name and offered me advice as I took a phone conference on one of our breaks.
So, yes, I have new credentials, but I have also gained so much more. I gained colleagues I will assuredly reach out to for as long as they respond back. I gained a greater well of knowledge to tap into, more strength and confidence at the support group at my back. This experience wasn’t just about the designation. It became so much more.