Country of origin: Russia
Management Consultant, Arup
Doing the MSc Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change (ITMOC) at Lancaster University Management School was one of the most valuable and at the same time enjoyable experiences I have ever had.
Before coming to Lancaster, I graduated from a Russian university with an engineering degree and started working as an ERP Consultant implementing and supporting solutions for small and medium enterprises. I was keen on defining the broader role of information technologies in contemporary organisations and decided to do a Masters programme that would give me the necessary academic background in this field.
Having researched over 20 leading universities in the UK, LUMS and its MSc ITMOC stood out from the crowd for me and I had no doubt making it my first choice. I was really happy to get an offer to study at LUMS, and even more happy on graduation day, because the course exceeded my expectations in many ways.
Firstly, the academic content of the course fully reflected my aspirations and gave me the knowledge I had been looking for. The way students were taught and the unique features of MSc ITMOC programme – such as group work, guest speakers, the study tour and the reflective sessions – made a great contribution to my learning and enabled me to understand the modules thoroughly.
Secondly, the ITMOC course, and Lancaster University in general, has a very strong collaboration with the professional environment, which helps students to apply their skills and knowledge in practice.
The University-based InfoLab21 provided me with an opportunity to work part-time during my studies and the careers office guided me through the whole application process, from editing my CV to conducting mock interviews, and definitely helped me to secure a graduate position at Arup UK.
Amongst the other benefits, I would like to point out the social life on campus, with a brand-new sports centre, nine bars and pubs and all the great people I would have never met without studying at LUMS!
I am now based in London and work as a Graduate Consultant at Arup within their Technology Strategy and Architecture practice. I am actively applying the theoretical knowledge in business analysis, IT strategy, IT project management and change management that I gained at Lancaster and am planning to develop further my career in Enterprise Architecture and achieve Chartered IT Professional status from the British Computer Society in three to four years’ time.