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Sophie Wrightson

Career Path: Project Manager, DXC Technology
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I began by studying Business and Management BA and from there I began to gain interest in Project Management specifically. I chose to study project management MSc at Northumbria since graduating I am now a practising project manager in the IT sector.

What are you doing now?Sophie Wrightson

I am currently working full time as a project manager practising within an agile project central environment providing end-to-end IT services and solutions for public and private sector organisations.

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

The course appealed to me and the flexibility and variation in teaching techniques.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I found the learning incredibly varied and stimulating. As a Masters student I found that help and advice was readily available from lecturers and tutors.

How connected was your course with industry?

There was a few guest lectures from different industries, the university also worked closely with PMI and APM and invited students to attend events hosted by these organisations.

What was the best thing about your course?

The varied teaching and support from lecturers.

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

From graduating I walked into a project management job, my update knowledge of project management processes and theories helped give me a competitive edge against other applicants for roles.

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

Planning, scheduling, risk management.

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

The course cohort was very supporting and lectures were engaging.

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

Make sure you pick a course you think you will enjoy for the whole term. Engage yourself in lectures and seminars.

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

Engaging, informing, supportive

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