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Tse-Chuan Lim

Career Path: Assistant Project Manager, Tuffin Ferraby Taylor
Location: Guildford, UK

I completed an undergraduate course in English Literature in 2007, which provided me with great transferable skills but did not particularly lend itself to a specific career path. A close friend of mine suggested Surveying as an interesting and varied career, and soon after I found a job with the Housing Association, where I undertook a HNC course in Building Surveying before self-funding my distance learning MSc Building Surveying at Northumbria. Soon after completing this programme I moved to a company specialising in Project Management.

What are you doing now?Tse-Chuan Lim

I work for a multi-disciplinary consultancy as an Assistant Project Manager. I work on a range of projects including residential and commercial, although the bulk of my work is currently in the education sector. The projects I am involved in range from £100k to £10m. I am currently working towards my APC.

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

The price, structure and duration of the programme, alongside the RICS accreditation.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Northumbria provided great access to a range of different learning materials and methods of delivery, with a mix of lectures, seminars and team projects. The feedback on coursework and exams was constructive and thorough. The distance learning academic resources and interactions were intuitive.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

The academic staff all demonstrated that they had a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge.

What was the best thing about your course?

The flexibility and delivery of the course.

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

My course enabled me to correct my career path, I was previously in a repairs-based environment and I am now in professional consultancy.

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

The construction technology module gave me an excellent grounding in the technical aspects of my work.

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

Receiving the prize for top performing student on my course.

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

The course is a great platform for anyone seeking a career in the industry. As I was a distance learning student based in London I was unable to experience living on campus, but the facilities appeared to be top class.

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

Tough but rewarding.

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