Realising full potential in project management by embracing lifelong learning


Abdul Rashid Bin Abdul Wahid

Alumni of EEE/2013
Regional Project Lead at Nippon Koei Co. Ltd
Completed FlexiMasters in Project Management

Please share with us your professional life’s journey and at which point in your career did you aspire to pursue this FlexiMasters?

Throughout my professional career, I have accumulated great experience in project management roles, working on a variety of projects in a variety of industries. As my work evolved, I realised the value of continuing education to keep current in the project management landscape. I decided to pursue the FlexiMasters in Project Management at a critical juncture in my career, when I was looking to advance my capabilities and widen my knowledge. Recognising the certification’s flexibility and broad curriculum, I saw it as an opportunity to expand my knowledge of advanced project management principles and practices, allowing me to take on bigger responsibilities and flourish in my future pursuits.

Which aspect of this FlexiMasters did you like the most?

The emphasis on establishing a transformative learning experience was one component of this FlexiMasters that absolutely intrigued me. The certification’s extensive curriculum, paired with its flexible learning style, enabled me to delve into advanced project management principles at my own speed while juggling my professional and personal obligations. The opportunity to communicate with experienced lecturers via face-to-face and virtual classes gives collaborative conversations, enhancing my learning experience. This FlexiMasters enabled me to realise my full potential, sparking a desire for ongoing growth and innovation. It acted as a catalyst for personal and professional transformation, providing me with the information, skills, and confidence I needed to succeed in the dynamic and demanding world of project management.

What were the challenges you faced when trying to complete this FlexiMasters?

Starting this FlexiMasters provided its own set of obstacles. Balancing my career obligations, personal commitments, and demanding schoolwork required careful time management, discipline, and perseverance. Adapting to an online learning environment necessitated self-motivation as well as the ability to focus in the face of distractions. Furthermore, grappling with complex project management concepts and effectively implementing them in real-world circumstances necessitated persistence and critical thought. However, these difficulties eventually turned into chances for advancement. I overcame those barriers, improved my understanding, and emerged with newfound resilience and a sense of success which I believe I am ready to confront future career challenges.

Has this FlexiMasters benefitted you in your career development?

Undoubtedly, this FlexiMasters has significantly benefitted my career development. The in-depth knowledge and practical skills I acquired have positioned me as a competent and confident project management professional, especially when my work requires me to oversee projects in overseas. The certificate's comprehensive curriculum, which covered advanced project management concepts, methodologies, and emerging trends, has enhanced my decision-making abilities and allowed me to contribute more strategically to my organisation. The flexible learning also enabled me to apply my newfound knowledge directly to real-world projects, yielding tangible results and garnering recognition for my expertise.

Do you think lifelong learning is important? Please share your thoughts about it.

Absolutely, lifelong learning is of paramount importance in today's rapidly changing world. It enables me to continuously acquire new knowledge, skills, and perspectives throughout my life. I believe that it fosters personal growth, expands intellectual horizons, and enhances adaptability in an ever-evolving professional landscape. It allows individuals to stay relevant, tackle new challenges, and seize emerging opportunities. This brings a catalyst for innovation, enabling individuals to bring fresh ideas and perspectives to their work. Moreover, it cultivates a sense of curiosity, critical thinking, and a passion for continuous improvement. I think that embracing lifelong learning is a powerful investment in personal and professional development, enabling individuals like me to thrive in an increasingly dynamic and competitive environment.

Will you recommend PaCE@NTU’s programmes to your friends and family?

Absolutely! I wholeheartedly recommend PaCE@NTU's programmes to my friends and family. The diverse range of courses and flexible learning options cater to various interests and career goals. The programmes are designed to provide practical, industry-relevant knowledge, equipping learners with the skills needed to excel in their chosen fields. The experienced faculty and interactive learning methods create a conducive environment for growth and networking. Moreover, the reputation of NTU as a leading institution adds credibility and value to the programmes. With PaCE@NTU, my friends and family can embark on a transformative learning journey that will enhance their professional prospects and unlock their full potential.