An effort to study project management at a higher level has led Diane Williams to become the first Jamaican who is a Program Management Professional (PMI certification), joining a small group of persons worldwide holding this qualification.
Williams began her journey at Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) where she pursued a Master of Business Administration majoring in marketing and graduating with a distinction from the programme.
With over ten years’ experience working in the telecommunications industry in Jamaica, Williams sought to complement her practical knowledge with appropriate qualification. She began exploring several options and had to decide between the PGMP and PMP programmes, but after examining several doctoral level programmes she was dissatisfied with the level of emphasis placed on project management itself.
According to Williams , she wanted a globally recognized certificate in project management.
“During my research I discovered that PGMP was a more senior programme to the PMP and that over 800,000 people worldwide had this qualification (PMP) in comparison to 1300 people globally with the PGMP. Additionally, no one else in Jamaica had this certification”she said.
As a new immigrant to Canada Williams found this a challenge but she believed that having this globally recognized certificate would open more doors for her.