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Western Project Management
Reason for taking course/program?
It’s important to me to improve myself, taking courses through Continuing Studies is an excellent way to develop new skills that help me provide quality service to my coworkers and the Western Community.
What three adjectives would you use to describe the course/program?
What stands out about what you have learned?
What stands out the most for me is what I didn’t know going into this program. I have worked for years on various projects as both a team member and a leader without any formal plan or guideline except an understanding of the work that needed to be completed. The Western PM program is giving me a new foundation to launch future projects from that, through the thoughtful application of some core concepts and skills, will see us through the process from start to successful finish in the most cost effective and timely way.
How are you using what you have learned, and what difference is it making in your professional and personal life?
I’m actually using the skills I’m picking up in both my professional and personal life. At work I’m applying the methods we’re learning to streamline my own processes and documentation and plan on applying them to some of our larger projects that we’re looking at. At home it’s helping me keep on top of the work I do on my website and other hobbies.
How would you describe your experience at Continuing Studies?
This is the first run of the Western: Project Management course and there have been some bumps along the way. I have to say that the Continuing Studies staff (who worked so hard to get this program Advanced Funded) and the instructors have been professional, courteous and extremely helpful. As for my classmates, it’s really nice to meet people from departments across campus and hear how they are applying these skills in their workplace. I think it’s a good way to learn how you and your role affect the Western Community.
How was the experience of going back to school as an adult learner?
I was a little apprehensive about being back in a classroom after 12 plus years. I’ve worked certification programs online, but sitting in a room with my peers was a little intimidating to begin with. After about 5 min. I was completely relaxed. It’s also a little difficult to get back into the habit of reading and taking notes.
Compared to other courses you may have taken elsewhere (other schools, in-house training), what makes Continuing Studies different?
The difference with Continuing Studies courses is that sitting in the classroom with the instructors you know that a lot of time and effort has been put into the delivery of the material and that the goal is to ensure you succeed. Many of the Certification programs I have taken don’t offer that same level of confidence. Having other adult learners with you really adds to the experience and offers unique opportunities to learn about other areas of campus.
Any other thoughts or comments you would like to add.
My only other comment would be that I wish Western would offer MORE Advanced Funded courses through Continuing Studies.
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