Vijay Kutty

I really liked the mix of students, who come from all over the world and brought with them different ideas and different ways of looking at problems.

Project Planner, Siemens Wind Power

Why project management?

I’ve been involved in projects for a long time; even whilst I was doing my undergraduate engineering degree in India I was involved in social services projects.

After my undergraduate degree I got a job as Engineering Manager in India. Then, when I moved to the UK I wasn’t certain what I wanted to do. I worked in recruitment for a while, and I found myself talking to a lot of project managers. They got me interested in project management as a formal subject. When I was subsequently offered a job at Rolls Royce in Liverpool, as a Project Co-ordinator, I thought ‘OK, now is a good idea to formalise this’. 

Why Manchester?

Manchester is one of the top universities for Project Management, along with University College London. For me, Manchester was almost like home, since it was quite close to Liverpool, and it was one of my preferred universities. So when I got offered a place at both Manchester and UCL, I chose Manchester.

I enjoyed the conflict management unit of the Management of Projects course, as well as the actual fundamentals of project management. I really liked the mix of students, who come from all over the world and brought with them different ideas and different ways of looking at problems.

The switch to a British academic system was a little challenging. A lot of the work is research oriented, with research assignments requiring extensive references, and I had to kind of relearn how to write essays. Luckily, the academic staff and facilities were very good. I found the staff really helpful, and they were clearly there because they liked the subject.

What I did next...

I’ve now worked in project management since I’ve left The University of Manchester. I was a Project Planner with an oil and gas company, Cameron, and, of course, planning was one of the units in the Management of Projects course. I fell in love with the science of planning and dispute management.

Because the course gave me a really round knowledge of project management I find I can pick up new things quite easily. I am able to understand quite a lot of what people were talking about and feel I am able to grasp many of the concepts involved. It has enabled me to find routes in problems. If I can understand it as far as project management is concerned, it gives me grounding in where to find the solutions

I currently work as a Project Planner at Siemens Wind Power, which requires planning, contract and conflict management skills. In fact, I regularly use all the fundamentals of project management I developed on the Management of Projects course.

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