August 13 2023 at 12:00AM
Volunteer Spotlight - Shrijan Sewpersadh
Tell us about yourself and what do you do?
I am Shrijan Sewpersadh, I am based in the San Francisco Bay Area, I currently work as an Associate for Currie & Brown, a world-leading provider of project management, quantity surveying, cost management, and advisory services within the construction industry. I have built a successful career with over 15 years of experience. I am accustomed in all aspects of the profession, working on- and off-site and from project conception to close-out. My industry experience spans across multiple different construction sectors. I studied quantity surveying and construction management at Durban University of Technology, Project Management from University of KwaZulu Natal, Advanced Project Management from University of Cape town and is also Project Management Professional (PMP) with PMI-SFBAC.
When did you start volunteering with the chapter, and most importantly, why did you join PMI-SFBAC?
I have started volunteering as Mentorship Outreach Manager in January 2023. During the covid-19 pandemic I used my time wisely to study and take the written PMP exam. After being PMP accredited I decided to explore more into what PMI had to offer career minded individuals. I came across the PMI mentorship/leadership program. I decided to join as a mentee. After completing 3 Cohorts courses I was impressed with the way PMI & the Mentorship program functioned and the knowledge of information that was being shared. I wanted to gain and develop skills in leadership which I use daily. It’s been my nature of giving back to the community, enriching others & assisting others like me to navigate and achieving their dreams & goals. Hence, I decide to volunteer my time to the Mentorship program of PMI-SFBAC.
How do you stay current with project management news and trends?
PMI website, Udemy PM courses, Others PM experiences. PM Books, Networking, Online Google.
If you had one piece of advice to leave someone who is just starting out in project management or cost management, what would it be?
Believe in yourself, take the initiative to think outside the box, study & gain knowledge in the areas you plan to focus on. Be careful who you take advice from not everyone is on the same journey as you. Find a mentor to guide you and become PMP accredited as it’s the gold stand of project management it will open multiple future opportunities you.
Share a fun fact about yourself:
- I was born and raised in south Africa but I’m of Indian descent.
- I have an identical twin brother.
- I speak 4 languages (English, Afrikaans, Zulu & Hindi)