Jill worked as a trainer in the corporate world before her youngest child was born. After her child was born, she decided to open a bakery giving her the chance to spend valuable time with her children on her schedule. She went on to sell her bakery and return to the field she loves, Learning and Development. Jill currently serves as a project manager of Employee development at Milliman in Indianapolis.
A lot of people believe that their career path should look like a single line rising up in a smooth and consistent fashion. In reality, each person’s journey is unique to them and their circumstances. The uniqueness of a person’s journey can tend to make them feel alone. Jill felt that way for a while. Jill’s journey is unique. She believes that a lot of people feel that they are the only ones who take a twisting and turning career path. She wants you to know that you are not alone.
2006: Jill left her corporate L&D job to stay home with her kids. She and her husband knew the sacrifices they would have to make for that, but they did not anticipate the lack of adult interaction. That’s why she chose to start teaching cake decorating classes at Michaels.
2008: Jill opened a bakery. She knew she wanted to keep a connection with her kids so she designed the business space and hours in such a way that her kids could come with her.
2018: Jill sold at the bakery and went to work for the state of Indiana. One of the things that she did when she was looking for jobs, was sell herself short. She viewed her time at the bakery as time out of the workforce and thought she was starting from the ground up. Her error led her to do a few key things.
2020: Jill passed her test and became a certified project management professional (PMP). She used that certification to get her current role where she uses her project management skills as well as L&D skills.
What is a project?
All projects are a temporary effort to create value through a unique product, service or result.
Champion: Anyone who cheers for your cause. This is someone who combats naysayers and who supports you as you implement changes for a project.
Iteration: Anytime you build on an initial result.
Stakeholders: Any person who has a vested interest in your project.
Resources: People and things that help you complete a project.
“Don’t be afraid to ask dumb questions, they are easier to handle than dumb mistakes.”
Project management is not a rigid framework, it’s about getting people to do what needs to be done. The Project Management Institute is a great resource to get you started if you’re interested in project management.