Project Management

What Can the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Do for You?

13 Dec 2022
Sierra Hampton-Simmons
As our world of work continues to evolve, professionals are looking for ways to upskill and prepare for the organizational changes they will face. For those in project management roles, there’s one stand-out solution that can set them apart: the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. Sierra Hampton-Simmons tells all.

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With talks of an impending global recession and ongoing societal unrest, many professionals are rethinking what this means for their career, their goals and what they should prioritize. Most, however, are looking for upskilling and reskilling opportunities so they can future-proof their skills and set themselves apart from the competition.  

It’s no secret that project professionals are in demand across industries and sectors – in fact, PMI’s 2021 Talent Gap survey reported the global economy will need 25 million new project professionals by 2030. At a time when organizations are becoming even more focused on outcomes and making their goals a reality, project professionals with the skills to deliver change – especially during tough times – will be crucial team members.  

One way professionals can get ahead of the curve: getting the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. The PMP certification offers an opportunity for professionals to find fulfilling and in-demand work to advance their careers and increase their earning potential with any team in any industry.

Additionally, there’s a sense of community that comes with being a PMP certification holder. This opens the door for professionals – especially young professionals – who may be working in a hybrid or virtual work environment, to network with others who have similar knowledge, experience, skillsets and insights into industry trends. A great way to do this is to join a local chapter and sign up for membership, there you'll learn just how supportive the PMI community is.

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Sierra Hampton-Simmons Sierra Hampton-Simmons

Sierra Hampton-Simmons has nearly two decades of experience as an expert in Certification Management with a track record for transforming and developing lucrative brands to include relevant performance-based testing and training. She joined PMI in the fall of 2013 and currently serves as the Vice President, Products. Sierra leads the oversight, planning, and execution of the product life cycle for PMI’s solutions and services, including Certification, Professional Development, Standards & Publications, and the Brightline Initiative. Immediately prior to joining PMI, she was the Manager, Certification Operations at Cisco Systems, Inc. where she directed daily operations for a global development team in creating leading IT certification programs including the world-class CCNA and CCNP. Prior to Cisco, Sierra had a 12-year career with Citrix Education where she managed a team in design and development of the most advanced curricula and certifications for their global programs. Sierra also served as the President of the Performance Testing Council for three years after being an active member of their Board of Directors. Sierra is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Japanese and International Business.