Balancing home life and upskilling for a job in nuclear
Project Management How Nadine, a Planning Engineer at Sellafield, balanced home life and upskilling for a job in nuclear materials.
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Why did you choose the project academy?
"I changed roles last year and wanted to upskill. I was working as a package planner within waste management and moved into a new role as a planning engineer in the nuclear materials area of the business. I had minimal background knowledge of projects and the way they work. I had started my career at Sellafield as a chemical analyst in the laboratories, before progressing into waste management, where I dealt with maintenance tasks and breakdowns. I looked to the project academy to see if there were any available courses to help me build up my project knowledge and support me in my new role."
What course did you do??
"I completed a university certificate in project controls. I would love to do the foundation degree in project management eventually. My plan is to focus on developing in my new role first and then aim for further education using the academy."
How does that course support your career?
"The course was perfect for my level of knowledge. I had come into the project world completely fresh. The course gave me a good overview of all aspects of projects. I gained an understanding of the overall project lifecycle, what is involved in estimating, earned value management, network diagrams, the critical path and what is included in a business case.
"Some of the aspects of the course were directly related to my role as a planner so these have already been of huge benefit to me when I’m carrying out my day-to-day role. The other aspects, which are not directly linked to planning, have also been beneficial to me as they have allowed me to have a greater understanding of the processes that go on outside of my role, so I can ask relevant questions and understand how that will impact on me."
"This qualification would have been very difficult for me to achieve without the project academy. I have two small children at home and the fact that I have been able to undertake this qualification during my working week means I didn’t have to sacrifice precious time with my children in order to progress in my career. It’s allowed me to have the best of both worlds in my career and home life."
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