Karen Azzopardi

Country of origin: Malta

EASS Global Service Manager, Hewlett-Packard

The reason behind my choice of the MSc E-Business and Innovation (EBIN) was mainly my ambition to expand my knowledge of business and management areas while still continuing to build on the technical knowledge and skills acquired throughout a three-year working experience in business software development.

From my point of view, the key strengths of EBIN are the balanced division between individual and group learning, and the way the course enables you to gain valuable experience from both industry and academia.

The theory is suitably backed up with lots of hands-on experience with various individual and group projects relating to real-life business cases, and seminars led by guest speakers from companies like IBM. This also includes the consulting project done as part of the final dissertation. In my case, I worked in a team of three people where we produced a detailed report on the Software as a Service (SaaS) market which was then used as the basis for the cloud strategy formulation of a local business software company. 

After finishing the EBIN programme in 2012, I started working for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, one of the largest global IT companies, as an Operations and Finance Lead, and two years later I was promoted to a Global Service Manager for Enterprise Application Security within the same company. My career transition from a technical to a management professional was vastly facilitated by my year at LUMS. The knowledge and skills I gained there are some of the key attributes I use to lead my team, innovate and develop the business further.

On a general note, Lancaster University is a multicultural environment where you get to meet and collaborate with people from all over the world who most probably have a different academic and professional background from yours. Through EBIN, the societies and the various activities organised on campus, I have made lots of long-term friends who also made my year in Lancaster a brilliant one!