"By stripping away a lot of the ‘white noise’ which surrounds projects and project management in general, we get to the heart of the issues that make or break projects."


Claire Evans

PhD Student (Communication) University of Cardiff


“Having attended a day course on PM basics I became very interested in the topic and relished the opportunity to study it further.  Luckily this opportunity arose at Cardiff University through Fistral training workshops and furthermore I was able to complete an actual qualification at the end of the training.  Although this required a little bit of revision, I timed it to coincide with the summer holidays, and it was in fact an added bonus because it gave me a much welcomed break from my PhD. 

Originally I wanted the opportunity to learn something new, with the added bonus of having something to add to my CV and to gain extra knowledge and skills to take into employment once my PhD is complete.  Having completed the training days and the CAPM qualification successfully I now have all of these things, but this aside, having training in Project Management is invaluable in all walks of life.  I was well underway with my PhD at the time of completing the qualification and would have loved to have had the knowledge to apply PM principles systematically to the process right from the start.  However, I did realise that many of the principles had been in my research, even though not directly applied and this left me thinking that it would be of benefit to researchers in the academic field to be more aware of the principles as I think it would benefit their research greatly. 

Therefore I am glad that I chose to pursue this professional qualification as I know it will aid me in my future development and career, whether it be in the academic field or elsewhere.  In fact I think it will be of particular value in the latter case because it proves that I 'can think outside the box of academia' and have extra skills other than those related to academic research, and this is often what PhD students lack when they apply for jobs outside of their field.  Therefore I think that gaining this qualification has been one of the best things that I have done during my studies (apart from the PhD itself I suppose!) and I think that on reflection this type of training should actually be mandatory whilst pursuing doctoral research.”

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