Between 2011 and 2014, I studied psychology at the University of Waterloo.
While I was in university, I worked in a psychology lab as a researcher. It was here I was first exposed to project management.
By the time I graduated in 2014, I realized my true passion did not lie in psychology and I was left aimless. After over 7 months of unemployment and trying to figure out what I would like to do next in my life, it became apparent what I enjoyed the most during my university career was my experience as a project manager.
As I searched for employment in this field, however, it became clear that what most employers wanted in a project manager with a technical background.
Having applied to hundreds of jobs to no avail, I began to change my approach and attain as much knowledge as I can about this field while volunteering my project management services to early-stage start-ups to gain more experience. I did all of this while competing with technically proficient project managers for every job I applied for.
Nearly 10 years after my initial foray into project management, I learned the ins and outs of working in this field. I figured out how to do my job efficiently and how to stick out from my peers so that my perceived weakness - my lack of technical knowledge - becomes my strength.
Since I graduated from university, I completed a post-graduate certificate in human resource management and eventually earned my Project Management Professional accreditation from the Project Management Institute.
I've learned much from my struggles and triumphs, and I hope to use my experience to encourage other aspiring non-technical project managers who may not know how to enter this dynamic field.
If you're an aspiring project manager who wants to get into the field and need guidance on where to start, DM me on LinkedIn and let's talk!
August 9th, 2023 | 39 mins 1 sec
career development, gratitude, impostor syndrome, luki danu, mental health, personal development, rose gratitude, self-compassion, self-confidence, self-improvement, siwike
In this empowering episode of SIWIKE, host Luki Danu dives into the complex and often misunderstood phenomenon of impostor syndrome.
Join Luki and esteemed guests Valerie and Nahian as they share personal insights, real-life examples, and practical strategies to overcome feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy.
From understanding cultural and familial influences to embracing gratitude with the ROSE technique, this episode is packed with valuable lessons for anyone looking to befriend their inner "impostor".
May 31st, 2023 | 40 mins 19 secs
career coaching, career journey, career transition, edtech, education, government jobs, imposter syndrome, lifelong learning, mba, mental health, personal development, project management
Join us in this episode as Nahian, a seasoned project manager and career coach, shares his inspiring journey from studying psychology to project management and eventually branching out into career coaching. Nahian discusses the struggles he faced, including dealing with imposter syndrome and going against his parents' wishes to carve out his own unique career path. With a deep belief in the timing of life events and a relentless passion for lifelong learning, Nahian navigated his diverse career trajectory. He encourages listeners to be open to new experiences, to continually seek knowledge, and to appreciate the interconnectedness of various professional fields. Discover how letting go of control and adopting new perspectives can open up exciting career opportunities. Tune in to be inspired by Nahian's journey and gain valuable insights for your own career progression