Student Q&A: Alicia Puyol
Business Faculty Student - Project Management and Leadership and Management
Management, Project Management
Alicia Puyol is an online student from Mitcham in Victoria who recently completed a training package in project management and leadership and management. Here she shares her story with Upskilled.
What made you decide to study project management, leadership and management?
I wanted to further my skills at work. I’ve been with a real estate company for nearly five years, working across various roles in reception, leasing, new business manager and now compliants and projects. I wanted to go down a project management pathway within the company, so I decided to show initiative and do the course to demonstrate that I would have the skills and knowledge to eventually gain a promotion.
You must enjoy your work!
Yes. I don’t sell houses, or manage properties. I’m entering into the area of project teams and operations. Management spoke to me about going down that path and then I decided to do this course to gain more knowledge.
What would be an example of a type of project management typical in your industry?
An example would be implementing new software, and creating new procedures. These sorts of projects go on internally, behind the scenes. As a very large company, we have multiple internal processes and procedures and there is interest in continual development for the future.
How do you find studying online at your own pace?
I finished school five years ago so I’m still “in the swing” of studying. I do the majority of my course at work; and usually aim get in a bit earlier every day, do about an hour of homework or complete one of the assessments. It motivates me to apply myself, as I want a career change and pay rise!
What are some of your career goals?
I would like to venture into an operations management position; potentially an operations 2IC for the department.