“Before I took this course, my contribution was just to do with quality. I didn’t look from a project management point of view, but after studying I can now confidently say I contribute to the entire project. I can see the risks from each stakeholders’ point of view.”
MSc in Project Management graduate
For 13 years, Preima Murugaiya has worked for an oil and gas construction company in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. However, she didn’t have a technical background, and found herself unable to progress without completing further education.
But Preima faced a major challenge: her time was already accounted for. Her weekends were consumed by a training course sponsored by her company. And with two children to care for, and a husband often forced to work away from home, Preima’s schedule was already full. Somehow, though, she found a way forward.
“Discipline is really important,” she maintains. “Each weekday I’d make a checklist. I spent an hour studying early in the morning, an hour at lunch, and then again in the evening. Thankfully my children were very supportive. When I first started, my son would keep quiet and say ‘mum is studying’. I’d also give them some homework, so they could busy themselves, then after an hour of study I’d go to play with them.”
When she had completed her MSc in Project Management, her new levels of insight were already being recognised. “My boss can really see the value of my contribution compared to three years ago. He says I can contribute (to the business) much better, and that’s helpful for our projects…
When I was going to my graduation he told me ‘just get the certificate and I’ll immediately give you a promotion’.”
Preima is certain that her studies with Roehampton have led to an increased professional opportunities. “Even though my company recognised how I deliver my job, not having that qualification was making my life miserable. I didn’t want to look back with regrets that I hadn’t achieved my potential in my career. That was the most essential element that made me determined to succeed with my studies.”
More than 90% of students believe their degree will be valuable or very valuable to their careers after graduation*
*Results calculated by the University of Roehampton, London Online based on the responses of 676 current students who responded to the annual student-satisfaction survey in 2014. At the time the research was fielded, this was a response rate of 33%.