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Carl Kashagen

Career Path: Learning Programme Manager QA Limited
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Why you wanted to go into this career and the path you took to achieve it:

I have been involved in project management across many sectors and industries, starting with nuclear research, construction, defence, IT, transport, finance and local and central government. Project management is highly challenging, balancing successful delivery whilst managing stakeholder expectations. Successful delivery provides a sense of personal satisfaction and success.

What are you doing now?

I currently provide consultancy and development services to a number of select clients, enhancing project and programme delivery capability within these organisations. the satisfaction derived from successful delivery, a satisfied client and seeing people develop and progress in their own careers motivates me daily.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I was offered the chance to study towards a Masters degree through my employer, providing a benefit to myself, but more importantly to QA Limited and our clients.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Having lectures one weekend per month, supported by assignments and research tasks helped balance work, life and studies. Feedback on each assignment was highly constructive, provided valuable insight into developing approach and strategy to master the topics and prepare effectively for the final management investigation.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

Knowledge, experience and ability to impart key nuggets, supported by after hours telephonic and email feedback helped embed knowledge. the ability to discuss real-world situations and issues prompted much additional thinking for my own work and client assignments.

How connected was your course with industry?

Our lecturers all have real-world experience and were able to facilitate discussions around queries that others in our cohort may not have been aware of. All modules and topics within the modules were relevant to the type of work I deliver and I was thus able to easily assimilate this into the working environment.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/give your career an edge?

My studies and research have helped in providing a robust platform for developing my own materials, developing materials for client utilisation and providing insight into the subtler nuances of project and programme management. This has also reinforced prior knowledge.

What was the best thing about your course?

Undertaking the research elements has given greater insight into modern approaches to sharing information, understanding concepts and articulating these in a way that is supported by leading edge thinkers in the world of project and programme management.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Having been involved in project and programme management for many years there was little additional knowledge in this area to gain. However, thinking at a higher strategic level and integrating this with development opportunities has been highly beneficial.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words before coming to Northumbria?

Ambling, satisfied, getting-by

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after completing your first year at Northumbria?

Progressing, growing, developing

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after you graduated at Northumbria?

Motivated, inspired, challenged

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Undertaking the research elements associated with the assignments. this has motivated and prompted a change in approach to developing capability and enhancing maturity levels within key clients, while time-consuming has been extremely satisfying.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

 Go for it! The lectures are stimulating, assignments are challenging and the interaction with other students lends itself to a very satisfying all-round experience

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

 Inspiring, challenging, satisfying

For more information about me see:

 http://qa.com/about-qa/qa-teams/project-and-programme-management-team 

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