Junayed Sarwar, Operational Specialist at SF Denim
Program: Project and Program Management MS
Graduation: May 2022
While working in the manufacturing plant as an operations specialist I felt I needed to enhance my managerial skills as I was assisting the firm’s management team to expand their production capacity and establish a new manufacturing plant to accommodate this growth. In 2020, when the pandemic started much of the world went into different variations of lockdown. At the time I was working in Bangladesh, the government had issued most companies to start working remotely except for export-oriented manufacturing firms to work remotely for 60% of the time and the remaining percentage from offices. This allowed me to effectively utilize my time to enhance my skills so that I could improve my managerial skills. When researching online programs, I came upon Brandeis’s master’s degree in Project and Program Management. I liked how the program was designed for working individuals who were looking to further their skills in the field. The program provided not just a fundamental understanding of project management but also its practical applications.
The professors’ backgrounds were quite diverse and helped broaden my perspective and learn how to apply different tactics to better motivate and manage my team. For example, Professor Sean J. Milligan’s Challenges in Project Management class, further developed my skills in understanding the various challenges arising during the lifecycle. I learned how to anticipate and prevent/minimize challenges. As an experienced project manager, he was able to create a balanced learning environment of the fundamentals and practical implications. I feel lucky and privileged to complete a postgraduate degree from a renowned institute like Brandies. My master’s degree has not only enhanced my skills and further my career, it has also helped me grow as an individual. This experience has opened windows to opportunities both academically and in my career in the future.