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Posted on March 14, 2018


The enrollment deadline for this year's summer Global Project Management program at The Castle is coming up on April 1, 2018. Learn more here.

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    I think that all the really interesting

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    things in engineering are happening at

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    the intersection of disciplines. They're not

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    happening where someone has been studying

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    the physics of water for their entire career.

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    It's where you bring that person in with

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    someone who has been studying sensors,

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    for example, or someone who understands

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    social implications of water technologies.

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    So, where those fields intersect is where real

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    innovation is happening and I wasn't exposed to

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    those other fields until I was at The Castle

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    studying things in the areas of geography or english

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    where I learned that I could see these things from

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    different perspectives and got really curious about

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    what would be some powerful other perspectives I

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    could develop.

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    And, that's made me a much better engineer.

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    Employers do like the fact that you have that

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    extra kind of oomph to your degree because you

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    do have that experience abroad.

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    In an engineering role, yes your technical skills

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    are important, but there's a lot more to a job

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    than just engineering technical skills.

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    For example, you're always going to be in a team,

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    communicating. You're always going to be doing those

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    social skills as well.

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    And I feel that having that management program:

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    being able to manage a team, being able to manage

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    a project, being able to manage a budget, those variety

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    of things would all be very beneficial in any job

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    really.

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    Immediately after getting back from the program,

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    I enrolled as a project manager for the Queen's

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    Experimental Sustainability Team.

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    And I was managing a project for a design

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    challenge that I did in waste water engineering.

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    So, I was able to apply all the skills we learned in

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    that course immediately. And from there

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    I went on to become the head of the design team

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    program at Queen's, the Director of Design for the

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    Engineering Society and continued to use those

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    project management skills every day to keep myself

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    organized as I did very complex projects in a variety of

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    different areas.

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    For example, I was co-chair of CIRQUE

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    which is the conference for engineering students

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    to kind of show them the versatility of their degree.

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    I was in charge of managing the budget, the team, and

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    just the entire project in general. So, that had

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    a lot of different applications and I learned a lot

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    about that in the specific Project Management Course

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    that we took at The Castle, so I could really apply all

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    those skills that I learned to actual application.

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    When we're doing design, we need to be aware

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    of the fact that we're building upon designs that

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    have been done for hundreds of years.

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    We are working in complex social and environmental

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    environments. And so, the work that we did,

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    especially studying the history of London as a city,

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    and how some of the technologies within the city of

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    London, such as the border wall around the city, have influenced

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    evolution, was really important.

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    It helped me understand as well how

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    the decisions I make an engineer can

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    change the future of a lot of people's lives.