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John Reddington

Career Path: Portfolio Manager, Southern Housing Group
Location: London, UK

I have been in the project, programme and portfolio management space for more than 30 years. I started doing infrastructure projects and gradually found my way into software development. In the past decade I have found myself very much in the portfolio space, running large teams of Project and Programme Managers. I always liked organising things and people. Project Management seemed a natural career for someone with my skill set. Across the career I have completed a number of formal training and certification courses including PRINCE and the ISEB Diploma (now BCS). The Northumbria Masters in Applied Project Management seemed like a natural extension to my career path and skills.

What are you doing now?John Reddington

I am currently the Portfolio Manger for Southern Housing Group.

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

I attended a 'taster' day at the QA offices in early January 2015. Within 2 hours I realised it was precisely the type of course I was looking for, 100% applicable to the work environment. The tutors I met on that day were both knowledgeable and approachable. I felt I had a great deal in common.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

My course was split into six modules with each module requiring two full weekends' attendance on campus. Whilst this may seem daunting, it was by far the best way for me to study - short concentrated bursts of classroom lectures, intermixed with personal study and research. After each module we then had four weeks to complete the assignment.

How connected was your course with industry?

The course was totally focused on work scenarios. It was probably why I enjoyed it so much and ultimately excelled, I do after all have a lifetime of experience to draw upon. We had four different lecturers across the two year period, each with their own style and specialisms. A truly great mix.

What was the best thing about your course?

Beyond any doubt the people I was studying with, exceptional individuals who brought their work and life experiences to the classroom.

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

When I was much younger I went to university but hated the experience so much that i left after just three months. I had a personal desire and longing to complete a degree course and it was something that kept entering my conscious and even subconscious thoughts for many years. Achieving a distinction from such humble beginnings felt incredible and has made me realise that I am not past it yet.

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

Leadership and Leader Identity was the first topic studied, and to my mind is the bedrock of any business/ company/ organisation. Understanding the different types of leader and their styles, coupled with detailed self-analysis made this module the most satisfying and useful. My dissertation on Talent Management helped me explore a lifelong passion for career development and human interaction.

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

The weekend classroom time was definitely the best aspect. meeting and learning with such talented people was a joy to behold. This was closely followed by the research needed for each topic. Reading across a broad range of authors truly helped embed the knowledge.

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

Whether its as a full-time student or part-time like myself, visit the campus or campuses. Talk to students and tutors and get a feel for the place. You are going to commit a huge amount of time with your final choice. It has to be right for you.

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

Exciting, fulfilling and challenging.

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