OUBS - Robert Durnford CMgr
The process for applying to be a Chartered Manager was thorough and forced me to truly reflect on both my achievements and areas for improvement.
Robert Durnford, MBA, CMgr FCMI
Business Development Manager
I decided to go for Chartered Manager status once I had completed the first year of my MBA, both as part of my path of my CPD and to establish myself with a recognised benchmark. Having been a CMI member for 3 years beforehand it seemed a natural transition, as well as making me more attractive and recognisable to potential employers. I would encourage anyone to get it done as soon as they can - it’s worth the investment in time and effort.
In addition, studying for an MBA with the Open University has significantly assisted making the transition from the military to the commercial sector, and membership of the CMI complements the academic study with experience and insight from practicing managers, as well as a really useful network to draw on.
The process for applying to be a Chartered Manager was thorough and forced me to truly reflect on both my achievements and areas for improvement. It also means that when you meet other Chartered Managers you appreciate what they have been through to achieve that status.
The benefits to me as a Chartered Manager was the rigour of the application process and forcing me to conduct self-analysis, something I now continue, as well as challenging my reflection and learning processes. Additionally I now have a recognised qualification that establishes your credentials in both the workplace but also when networking.
Chartered Manager - Obtained through the Open University Business School