At Wantsome we have a new mentor, Irina Gheorghiu, and she is going to tutor the new Project Management course which is 100% in english. She answered some questions about it so you can discover what it represents and why you should sign up.
First of all, what does a project mean? It is a temporary endeavor to create a unique product, service or result. In order to deliver any project, all the activities must be organized and managed in such a way to meet the agreed target.
So, this course is your ticket to being able to coordinate this process. To be more precise, after graduating you will have:
- Organizational and analytical skills
- The understanding of risks
- How to manage them better
- Leadership 1 0 1 on how to deal with a multitude of project situations
How does this happen? During the 3 months course, Irina wants to go through all the aspects of the project lifecycle – from scope creation to defining the sequence of events, to budgets, risks and releases.
She plans to do it in the way most of our courses work:
“Lots of simulations, case studies and examples. Theory without practice is nothing - this would be the motto of this course.”
All the knowledge you will get at the Project Management course can help you get into the IT field without knowing how to write code. You can get jobs as Junior Project Manager or as Team Lead. But first, you have to graduate the course.
You get to this part if you have an attraction to it and understand how it can help you in your career. You can do it even before the start. The first help comes from our mentor. She says that:
“This project is for any resource - not just IT - who wants to step into the role of managing projects. Folks who are already part of a team who want to pursue a leadership position.”
Now that you understand the Project Management course a little better, you should get to know Irina Gheorghiu as well. She is a great part of your experience here so it would be better if you have an “attraction” to her too.
So, Irina started working in IT in 1997, when she emigrated to Canada. There she worked in many companies like Canadian Bank, the Toronto/Montreal Stock Exchange and also Ontario Government.
She says that if it wasn’t for IT, she would be volunteering. Also, she shared with us some of the most important accomplishments in her life:
“Running the New York Marathon in 2005, winning a great work award - the highest that existed for a Canadian Bank - that consisted of a private jet trip to Florida where I met Trump at Mara Lago, the Canadian Astronomer Chris Hatfield and other celebrities. Being part of my sister’s recovery process after she was the recipient of a liver transplant etc.”
You can already tell that Irina doesn’t say no to challenges. So, there are little to none of her dreams that she has not yet accomplished.
She seems to be an inspiring person, doesn’t she? She even has some pieces of advice for those new in the IT field:
- Always be curious
- Network with your peers
- Allow for the career growth to come organically
Why should you follow these pieces of advice? Because our mentor uses it herself. Thanks to it she is where she is and has success in her career. Also, it is one of the reasons why she is in our team now. She has gathered a lot of experience in these 24 years of work in the field. Now she wants to help others use the product of her long-time hard work.
Of course, she is no perfect person. Her experience helped her understand the things she shares now. For example, if she could go back in time, she would give herself a very important advice: