Nooch Kaewla-iad

Country of origin: Thailand

Project Manager, IBM (Thailand)

Before starting the MSc in Project Management I had gained almost eight years' of work experience in total: three years in project management/consulting for IT consulting firms, and five years' IT technical project implementation on financial data systems. I had also gained Masters degrees in Economics and Computer Information Systems from universities in Thailand and a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Washington.

The programme structure and course content of the MSc in Project Management at Lancaster are very solid and well-structured. The programme focuses on knowledge of business principles and key project management methodologies. All of this is really essential and would be beneficial to anyone who wants to become a project/programme manager in any business industries.

The action-learning part of the programme allows students to put knowledge into practice through many case studies, simulations and real project assignments.

Group assignments and spontaneous presentation practice in class help students to learn how to manage either predictable or unpredictable situations logically and professionally. Soft skills learning and self-study assignments guide students to develop analytical thinking processes, which is really good for both your individual personal life and future career enhancement.

Even though the one-year Master’s programme I took is very intensive, there were plenty of activities I could join for balancing my study with life in the University. I really appreciated the activities arranged by the Student Learning Development Centre and Career Development Services.

The facilities, such as the library service, inter-lending service, online academic literature pools, computer services and comfortable accommodation, are truly superb. I spent most of my free time in the LUMS Hub, or in common rooms and meeting rooms near my accommodation with my friends or alone, without any fear of danger, no matter how late I was outside - Lancaster is a very secure and safe university.

I am now working for IBM in Thailand as a Project Manager in the Application Management Service.