Yes, you read that title correctly. Me, a 25 year old employed college dropout, went back-to-school shopping. Kind of.
My latest Youtube video was supposed to be a written post and while I was writing and filming, I had to re-live my university days – the good, the bad and the painful. As I was journaling yesterday, I realized that this video was cathartic for me because it made me go through all of it again and I realized that, with leaving university, a very important part of me became neglected. I have been a student before my formal education began. I started reading and writing when I was five, I was reading children books, I started writing and I was a curious kid. My thirst for knowledge and this nerdy side of me that likes to study have been walking through the desert for the past three years.
I was going back and forth between what I want to be and where I want to go for the longest time. One thing is clear – I am good at my current job. I have entered an industry by accident and I’ve learned a lot about it so why not use this as a foundation for my studying. I enrolled into a Project Management course. I’ve been thinking about taking this course for a long time but my insecurities were getting the best of me. I was convincing myself that I cannot do it because I do not have a background to be a project manager since I’ve studied two languages and not business or computer science etc.
Yesterday I started investigating what are my options with this career and I realized that I need to take this course to get a certificate and then I should get a CAPM certificate and after I have more work experience in the field, I could try and earn my PMP certification. I know I just wrote a bunch of things you might not understand, but that’s the plan people! I think that picking this course might be right up my alley because project managers have to plan, organize, coordinate, manage tasks and oversee everyone’s tasks and who better to do that one day than someone who is a bossy control freak like me. This is just perfect.
Don’t you for a second think that this means I will abandon my book writing and my aspirations to be a full-time blogger once. I will never abandon that. And just an update, the progress on the book is slow but I am working on it.
I started the course today and realized I have one decent pen in the apartment so I had to go and shop for basic necessities people have in their houses. I mean, I have one decent pen but I have like 10 notebooks in my apartment which makes absolutely no sense!
I listened to my first classes today and it’s really interesting. I get all proud and get a confidence boost as soon as the lecturer mentions something I already know from my current job. It really does give me hope that I picked the right course. I am of course going to have to pay for this course and all of the certificates but honestly, it’s cheaper taking these courses online than actually enrolling into a university for Project management. They are ridiculously expensive and I understand that I shouldn’t compare people giving live lectures with the online pre-recorded classes and pre-prepared tests I will be taking, but it’s obvious I am going to take the cheaper option.
The course I took is the Google certificate course and they are actually partnered with PMI (Project Management Institute) so I can use my google certificate to become a member and apply for PMI certificate programs. As you can see, I am excited! Scared, but excited!
I really missed this part of me, I missed feeling like a student. And this is my real student experience because I am working and taking classes.
What have you been up to lately?