"Overall the solid project management grounding provided by the MSc Project Management course, including its focus on developing a CPD portfolio, allowed me to grow as a project professional and put my career aspirations firmly back on track."
These are the words of Stephen Forbes who graduated with an MSc in Project Management in 2009. He is now a programme manager at Capita Health and Wellbeing Limited and goes to speak with enthusiasm about the course:
"The decision to undertake the MSc in Project Management was born from the stark realisation that my career was not progressing to plan and that some effective change management was required to further differentiate me from the crowd. On reflection it became apparent that I had been indirectly immersed in ‘project management’ for years, however I had never fully appreciated the concept and merits of project management as a distinct academic discipline.
On starting the course my initial concerns regarding my non-technical background were quickly dispersed as we started to examine the common root causes of project failure. The combination of academic instruction coupled with practical applications in a variety of industry settings allowed me to gain a comprehensive understanding of the various project methodologies, tools and techniques available to project management practitioners.
In addition the course exposed me to the often overlooked and less straight-forward ‘softer’ skills (people) of project management and this has directly and positively influenced my approach to dealing with people and situations. Crucially the MSc allowed me to gain a professional APMP qualification and this along with my project technical placement directly resulted in my first project management job within the oil and gas services industry.
As the Programme Manager for Capita in Aberdeen I am responsible for managing our Project Office and ensuring that our current and extensive programme of projects are delivered effectively and in line with current organisational objectives. Core to our business is an appreciation of the value of effective project management practices and procedures as we continue to develop innovative solutions that allow us to provide the highest standard of occupational health services across the global oil and gas industry."