like to start my first blog by telling you about me. I started working for a large retailer in
December 2005. I started my career with
the company as an invoice processing clerk, and then was promoted to an analyst
doing forecasting and analysis in the logistics department. Ten months ago I was promoted again to a
financial analyst in the corporate treasury department. I absolutely love my job and really feel like
I am part of a great team! In addition
to working full time I am also working on my MBA in Management. If that is not enough to keep me busy, in June
of 2010 I had my first child, a little girl who is the absolute joy of my life!
I’m signed up to take the CTP exam at
the end of the upcoming window.
decided to take the CTP exam shortly after starting my current position. When I
was hired for the position the CTP credential was mentioned as something that
management in the department would like me to obtain. I am working towards being in a management
role in the next three years. I look at
the CTP credential the same way I look at the MBA. If you want to advance in your career you
need something to set yourself apart from your competition. Everyone has a bachelor’s degree now and I
feel like I need more in order to advance in my career. When looking at the competition at my company
everyone has a bachelors and an MBA. I
need the CTP credential to make me stand out from everyone else.
having my daughter I jumped right back into work and school, which having to do
again I would have eased back into the busyness of my normal life. I ended up
not performing as well as I should have at school and landed myself on academic
probation. I was originally signed up to
take the CTP exam in the previous window but with everything else going on I
didn’t dedicate as much time as I should have studying for the exam and moved
it to the next testing window. I am now
back in good standing at school and feel like I have the proper work/life balance. I can dedicate the appropriate amount of time
studying for the exam. The extra time
was well worth the $125 transfer fee!
now I have not started actively studying for the exam. I will begin to study during this upcoming
week. My manager is allowing me to block
off time on my calendar to go some place quiet and study.
that this blog about my experience will help another CTP candidate who is
juggling just as much, if not more than I am.