Vladimir Medina Bohórquez
Country of origin: Colombia
Project Manager, NEC Colombia
Before going to Lancaster, I had been working in the telecommunications industry for several years. After getting PMI (Project Management Institute) certification, I decided to pursue a Masters degree to improve my knowledge, experience and qualifications.
After reviewing project management programmes from many different universities, I choose Lancaster because of its managerial view of project management – not only for the applied project management tools but also for its emphasis on people, change management, organisational behaviours and leadership, together with the recognised excellence of its Management School.
The MSc in Project Management course was a great time for me. It was a whole year full of experiences that developed my skills to work with multicultural teams and to execute a leader role. It also provided a lasting training in doing projects, applying what we learnt in our lectures and also learning from our team members’ points of view.
After such good practical experience, my summer project at Wesmar BioEnergy helped me to apply my knowledge in a real environment and to realise that I could still learn and improve on my project management practice.
Lancaster University not only gave me the opportunity to get insights into the fascinating area of project management, it was also a great personal experience. At Graduate College I met people from all around the world with different backgrounds and different views about life. The Lancaster campus system made it easy to get to know not only my Project Management classmates but also other Masters and PhD students.
From my experience on the Project Management Masters degree and the constant reflective analysis demanded of us, I understand project management as a discipline that should be improved constantly. I apply this concept now to my new challenges working at NEC’s Project Management Office back in Colombia, where I manage projects to implement radio equipment (antennas, radios, etc), IP telephony systems and network management systems for telecommunications networks.