WHILE some entering the workforce post-tertiary education may be thrilled at the financial independence that gainful employment brings, there are many executives who, after some time, feel the urge to move ahead of their peers and take their career one step further with a career-boosting, postgraduate professional study programme. For some, professional advancement means acquiring a second postgraduate education in line with their career aspirations and goals.
The business world is evolving, with roles becoming more fluid and no longer strictly defined. With technology becoming very much a given, everyday operational aspect of most businesses and organisations, so skills too have to evolve.
The role and scope of project management professionals have changed in today’s business world. It is no longer confined to simply the art of managing a project and its deliverables.
Projects have taken on a more agile, complex and multi-faceted form often in parallel with the nature of organisations and businesses which are also becoming more agile and multi-faceted. Managing a massive project that contributes multi-figured value to a company’s bottom-line means the sharpest professionals are required to ensure projects are executed flawlessly.
Gaining professional ground
It is with this fluid and more challenging reality that professionals find their employability boosted when they are in possession of certain desirable skill sets, such as, for example, advanced project management skills.
As companies compete in markets that are increasingly borderless and more regulated, they have a need for professionals adept in effective planning, organisation and monitoring.
Data from professional bodies underlines organisations’ need for better-equipped professionals. According to the Project Management Institute and the Anderson Economic Group, over one million roles in the field of project management will be created globally each year within this decade.
These roles will help companies function and, hence perform, more effectively.
Those thinking of taking on a more robust, substantial and key role in project management can consider a Master’s (MSc) degree in Strategic Project Management from Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s MSc in Strategic Project Management utilises a universal approach to project management and is designed to equip project managers – new and experienced – with the deep knowledge and understanding of the role.
Didar Akhmedin, who is currently a part-time postgraduate student pursuing the MSc in Strategic Project Management at Heriot-Watt, credits the institution with providing the dynamic discipline of postgraduate studies, calling it the “perfect blend of academic and industry knowledge” while immersed in a multi-cultural mix of students.
“There was something special and motivational in the environment there. I chose Heriot-Watt University Malaysia because of the calibre of its academic staff; the lecturers have a vast, international network of knowledge they share with us, and every class is interactive and engaging,” says Akhmedin.
The Heriot-Watt postgraduate experience comprises the perfect blend of business elements and the opportunity to work with experienced fellow postgraduate classmates, says Akhmedin who is currently working in the project management division of a multinational conglomerate that has 20 offices globally. His role involves identifying solutions for multiple projects, which in turn can encompass tasks such as business proposal preparation and budget management.
“The experienced and open-minded academic staff at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia made it an ideal learning experience for me,” shares Akhmedin, having found a new level of confidence during his time of postgraduate study there to achieve the result he wanted and gain a deeper understanding in many areas.
“The social classes such as Leadership and Change Management opened up new chapters for me to discover and absorb,” he relates, “and it provided the foundation for capabilities within me to grow, such as developing skills for cooperation and for managing different kinds of people who may have different perspectives and approaches in life.”
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s MSc in Strategic Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute – Global Accreditation, a leading professional body. The postgraduate study programme has been designed to extend knowledge and professional skills in graduates and is taught by certified Project Management qualified lecturers with the relevant experience from their respective industries.
The course is recognised, too, for equipping programme enrollees with leadership skills, critical financial acumen and people management skills, all the necessary and desirable skill sets crucial for furthering your career and sustaining one’s success.
To register for Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s postgraduate preview day on July 24, 4pm-7pm, go to http://bit.ly/hwcommonground