I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The University of Manchester and it provided me many great opportunities to develop not just my technical knowledge but also my soft skills which have been fundamental in my professional career.
I first studied BSc Management with International Studies at the University of Manchester and then returned in 2008 to complete an MSc Management of Projects: Construction Project Management. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University and it provided me many great opportunities to develop not just my technical knowledge but also my soft skills which have been fundamental in my professional career.
Researching my dissertation was one of the most difficult challenges I’ve faced. It was an analysis of whether the construction industry could shift to a more integrated model as a way to minimise the budget overspends and programme delays which plague construction projects. It is now fascinating to see how the Government and key industry bodies are attempting to drive this forward.
I joined Consero Management Consulting, a project management consultancy, in 2009 and now work as a Project Manager specialising in the refurbishment of luxury hotels. Initially I joined the on-site project management team working on the Mandarin Oriental’s iconic projects; the fit out of 2 new restaurants for Daniel Boulud and Heston Blumenthal. This gave me a thorough understanding of working in live hotel environments and operators’ expectations.
I thoroughly enjoy the problem solving and logistics planning required by such projects. As part of my role, I am also involved in developing the business from our internal policies and processes through to winning new work. No two days are the same and it is that variety that makes me love my job. I am currently working towards the APC to become a Chartered Project Management Surveyor.