Online MBA concentration in Project Management

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Good afternoon everyone. Thank you so

 

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much for watching our video today

 

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my name is Kimberly and I am the Ohio

 

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University

 

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online MBA program specialist and today

 

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I have a special guest with me

 

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I’m joined by Dr. Neil Littell who is the

 

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head of our

 

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newest concentration project management

 

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so hi Dr. Littell can you tell us a little

 

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bit more about you

 

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yeah sure thank you very much it’s a

 

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pleasure to be here Kim.

 

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so uh yeah so I worked in industry for

 

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about 15 years as a project manager and

 

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I

 

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ended up becoming a program manager uh

 

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working

 

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at a company launching new products and

 

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and managing it

 

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projects and doing some other things it

 

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was my dream to become a professor so i

 

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came to ohio university in 2014

 

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and um yeah so when i got here i i

 

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realized that

 

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that I really wanted to develop and grow

 

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project management programs to share my

 

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love

 

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for project management with as many

 

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people as possible so

 

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through that that uh that desire i

 

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created an undergraduate project

 

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management certificate

 

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it just sort of grew and grew and now we

 

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created a graduate level certificate and

 

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we partnered

 

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with the MBA to uh to bring that that

 

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experience to everyone in the MBA

 

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program

 

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project management is certainly one of

 

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those fields that is constantly growing

 

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i know that

 

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just seeing job opportunities out there

 

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there’s a lot of them so why would you

 

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say

 

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a student might be interested in project

 

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management concentration through

 

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through their MBA that’s a great

 

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question Kim so

 

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you know when i think of an MBA i think

 

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of people who aspire to be

 

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in the c-suite doing really great and

 

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really big things and setting the

 

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strategy for

 

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their their company right but with

 

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project management we

 

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focus on enabling that strategy

 

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implementing that strategy making that

 

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strategy a reality and so

 

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for me the the project management

 

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emphasis

 

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and project management skills in and of

 

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themselves are

 

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a really great skill set for anyone to

 

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have especially if you’re

 

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uh with an MBA because then you’ll be

 

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able to take all these big ideas

 

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and the big strategy that you have and

 

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make them a reality right so do you

 

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think that it would be

 

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beneficial for someone like starting out

 

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in their career

 

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mid-level managers or or is it for

 

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everybody

 

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i think it’s for everyone you know from

 

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from working with my my undergraduate

 

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students

 

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i think it’s really interesting because

 

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what i found with them

 

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is you know project management is really

 

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a mindset

 

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and it extends beyond it transcends

 

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beyond the workplace and so

 

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i have many students who leverage their

 

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project management skills just in their

 

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normal lives and so

 

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after they they go through the project

 

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management uh

 

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classes they realize that hey wait a

 

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second i can apply some of these

 

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principles to better organize myself

 

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to be more effective in everything that

 

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i do and so really you know

 

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i i i really like to help people um

 

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become better and and you know a lot of

 

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times people just need a little bit of

 

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help

 

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getting uh you know across the finish

 

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line a little bit or

 

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figuring out you know strategies for not

 

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procrastinating

 

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or just being you know being able to

 

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like okay like set some goals and

 

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and and attack those goals it sounds

 

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like

 

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that’s a great fit i mean we know that

 

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our business bobcats they are so

 

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passionate about what they do and

 

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they’re very

 

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great business leaders so this sounds

 

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like it would just take them to the next

 

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level in terms of project management

 

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and helping their organizations be a

 

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little bit more strategic and

 

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goodness knows everyone needs a little

 

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bit more project management in their own

 

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personal lives right

 

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right so talk to us a little bit about

 

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the curriculum you know

 

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we have this very strong MBA core but

 

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then there’s three courses with this

 

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project management concentration that

 

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you

 

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will be teaching oh yeah excellent so

 

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there’s three classes uh our project

 

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management one class

 

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project management two and our change in

 

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risk management class so

 

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project management one is really just

 

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sort of a skeleton

 

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back to basic sort of project management

 

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approach

 

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high level this is what project

 

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management is about project management

 

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too

 

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i think of as strategic project

 

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management so really

 

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taking the the core project management

 

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that you learn

 

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in project management one and really

 

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applying the strategy

 

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to that core and then we have a change

 

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in risk management class and so

 

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so change and risk management are really

 

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helping address

 

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the high level strategy for making sure

 

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that your projects are implemented

 

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in the ways that that you want them to

 

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be implemented when i was a project

 

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manager it was always

 

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really challenging with my projects

 

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especially the it projects if i was

 

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trying to implement a new way of doing

 

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something or a new technology

 

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and you have all these people that are

 

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using the the current technology or the

 

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current method and a lot of times

 

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they’re like well why would i want to do

 

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that

 

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and so so the change management

 

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component

 

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addresses that and Kim i i should point

 

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out

 

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one of the things that that i did with

 

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my

 

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my uh those three classes is i i built a

 

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primer in project management so even if

 

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you can’t take them

 

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in that order you can still jump in at

 

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any time you can complete the primer and

 

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it’ll set you up

 

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for taking any of the classes in any

 

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order because you want to be as flexible

 

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as possible

 

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that’s awesome that i mean we talk about

 

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flexibility a lot about

 

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being an online student in general so i

 

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love that

 

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do you find that um your coursework is

 

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going to be like practical

 

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or is it very academic based so

 

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for me everything is about adding value

 

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if it doesn’t add value i don’t want to

 

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do it

 

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so a lot of our our stuff is

 

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is really applied in terms of taking a

 

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case study

 

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dissecting the case study discussing and

 

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evaluating it and asking questions like

 

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so

 

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what should the project manager do next

 

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and why

 

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and so the other you know so so those

 

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are those are really the kind of the

 

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kind of the the deep discussions that

 

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that we like to have

 

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of course the lexicon for uh project

 

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management

 

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as published by the project management

 

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institute is there as well for people

 

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who want to go even further

 

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and and maybe do some stuff with without

 

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getting a PMP

 

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or a different uh certification we can

 

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help with that

 

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as well maybe and maybe it’s a little

 

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bit beyond the skill of the certificate

 

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but we could we could talk about that

 

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when when the time comes

 

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um but yeah so so really it is more of

 

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an applied approach to

 

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project management and it’s about

 

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building a tool set

 

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you know so that when you so a good

 

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project manager

 

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understands all the tools a great

 

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project manager knows which tool to grab

 

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and what situation and so that’s really

 

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what we’re trying to do is give people

 

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the tools

 

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and the context for using the right

 

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tools and not using every tool

 

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because that’s just as bad as grabbing

 

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the wrong tool

 

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for sure that that’s perfect i think

 

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that a lot of students and

 

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just people in general would really

 

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benefit from not only understanding

 

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you know the background behind it but

 

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when

 

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as you said yeah right so do you have

 

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any like

 

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last minute words for someone who might

 

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be considering the project management

 

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concentration versus another

 

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concentration

 

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follow your heart i mean if you think

 

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about think about where you want to be

 

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in the future and how to get there

 

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and think about um you know a strategy

 

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that’s not

 

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executed is it’s it’s just paper

 

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right and so so so think about what

 

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where you want to be

 

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and what you want to do with your life

 

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and figure out if project management is

 

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uh

 

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is is the direction that you want to go

 

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and if

 

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if anyone has questions about that i’m

 

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very happy to work with anyone

 

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who would like to discuss project

 

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management even more i love talking

 

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about project management as you can tell

 

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so

 

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here we are awesome well thank you so

 

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much so our

 

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project management concentration we

 

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start

 

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cohorts um every three you know every

 

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year so spring summer and fall so make

 

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sure that you get in touch with your

 

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enrollment advisor

 

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if you have any further questions and if

 

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you have very deep questions

 

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we can also put you in touch with Dr.

 

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Littell so thank you all so much for

 

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joining us for this very quick video and

 

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we’ll see you soon

 

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great bye.