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PMI Toronto Member of the Week - Amani Tarud

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PMI Toronto Chapter Member since : June 2018

About yourself: I fell into project management by accident— I’d intended to take a course in it to simply broaden my skills, and I absolutely adored it!  I realized that I’d been working on it through volunteer roles for a long time, and that I could actually make a living with my organizational and leadership skills.  Throughout school, I had experience tutoring, working with people with special needs, and I also worked at the Exam Center.  I thought I wanted a career in teaching, but I quickly changed my mind once I discovered project management. 

Current Occupation: I am a recent graduate of the University of Toronto currently exploring new opportunities in project management.

Experience and EducationI have experience leading small projects in a volunteer role, including anti-homophobia workshops, an academic conference, and most recently a fundraising concert for Surrey Place (an agency that provides clinical services to people with special needs.  I have an Honours Bachelor from University of Toronto in Anthropology, a Project Management Essentials Diploma from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and I am currently pursuing a Leadership Essentials Diploma from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.  I received my CAPM in December 2018.

Why did I join PMI Toronto ChapterI am really passionate about project management, which I only discovered when taking a course on the topic, and I wanted to get to know more people in the field.  PMI has been an integral part of my learning and I love getting to speak to so many brilliant minds and attending interesting events!

Why did I do the PMP/CAPM CertificationAs a new grad, I was finding it challenging to find work with the experience I had, so I decided to take the CAPM to show potential employers that I am serious about project management.  I also wanted to challenge myself to take it to see what it would be like.  I intend to do my PMP once I have the experience necessary for it, but in the meantime, I am hoping that this will help me get a position where I can dedicate myself to learning all I can about project management. 

Greatest learning from PMP/CAPMI used a PMP Prep guide to study and I loved seeing how much I already knew!  The greatest learning, however, was the process of preparing for it: I gave myself just under a month to study (I do best under pressure) and developed a thorough schedule to make sure I covered everything.  I stuck to it quite well and I took notes on all the chapters.  It was the biggest test I’d ever taken, even through my university career, and the process of preparing for it really taught me how to dedicate myself to learning.

Work Passions: corporate social responsibility projects, healthcare sector, fundraising and event coordination.

Personal Passions: dog rescues, embroidery, gardening and houseplants, cooking and reading.

Something interesting about meI have a background in Montessori Teaching and taught for a few months before I realized that teaching wasn’t for me.

Contact informationamani.tarud@yahoo.com

 

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