Proceed with Confidence

2015-2016 Issue 1

MikePollock Michael Pollock is a familiar face at the School of Continuing Studies. Since 1989 he’s completed several courses in different areas of study, and each has helped him reach the next step in his career.

He began with the graduate certificate in accounting, which led him to a ten-year career in auditing at PwC. Next was the intensive French language program, which prepared him to complete his MBA in French. The most recent was the School’s Comprehensive Project Management course, which Michael says prepared him “to successfully achieve my PMP designation” in October 2015.

When Michael started his current position as vice-president of T.A. Andre & Sons, a general contractor specializing in industrial, commercial and institutional work headquartered in Kingston, Ont., “I did not have a background in project management, and I was looking for a way to get ahead without having the years of experience that would otherwise be necessary.” He chose to enroll in Comprehensive Project Management because “the course format, timing and content fit my schedule and educational requirements.”

Michael got what he wanted “and more. The course provided sufficient depth to enable someone to contribute in a project management environment, no matter what industry. It develops the skills and gives you the tools to focus on the project’s needs and priorities. Ultimately, taking the course gave me the confidence to participate in a project at a level that would have been previously unattainable.”

Since completing the course, Michael has had several opportunities to apply these skills. He was an active project management participant in the award-winning reconstruction of Kingston’s Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, and strengthened his organization’s documentation and processes. He also found many project management skills, such as planning, control, and risk, “is highly transferable to different industries. It can be applied to everyday aspects of life.”

“The course is in-depth, and that makes all the difference. It also introduced me to the Project Management Institute and the PMP exam. I would not have been able to take the exam without previously completing the Comprehensive Project Management course.”

Update: On November 8, 2016, Michael Pollock was named the winner of PMI-Montréal’s Prix la Relève! Congratulations, Michael!


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