Western Award Winner
Graeme Mulcahy, ARUP
Tell us a bit about your experience before the Certified Diploma in Project Management course?
I studied Architecture in college, graduating in 2011. Jobs were scarce in the industry at that time. An opportunity came up in engineering, more specifically in Water & Wastewater engineering with Response Group and I jumped at that. I spent 5 years with Response, met some fantastic people and gained some valuable engineering knowledge across multi disciplines (Civil, M&E, Process, and Environmental).
What influenced your decision to do the Certified Diploma in Project Management?
Firstly, Project Management was something that I have always had a keen interest in. Most my time at Response was spent working at the front end of projects and while I enjoyed that, I wanted to be more involved in the overall project lifecycle. Secondly, I had a desire to get experience in a larger variety of projects and also to have a closer relationship with Architecture. I considered various courses, and after some research and advice I applied for the IPMA Diploma.
Since completing the course what impact has it had on you in the workplace?
On completion of the IPMA Diploma, I applied for a job in Arup, a global engineering firm. The one thing that probably stood out in my interview was the fact that I had done the IPMA Diploma. The Arup PM Teams have aligned themselves with the IPMA throughout Europe (Cork, Dublin, Berlin, Amsterdam, Madrid etc.) something I wasn’t aware of, so naturally having done the Diploma gave me an advantage over other candidates. It meant Arup could be confident in my Project Management competence.
I started with Arup in Cork in November 2016 as part of a strong PM Team. I think if I hadn’t completed the Diploma I would have found it a lot harder to integrate into the Arup PM team. The IPMA course has equipped me with the skills and knowledge I needed to hit the ground running in this new fast paced environment.