Elicy Lay followed an architecture degree with a Master of Project Management to round out her skills and open up even more employment options.
After completing my Bachelor of Architectural Design at RMIT, I was contemplating whether to continue with a master in architecture or get my licence and registration to practise as an architect.
I’ve always been curious about how building projects come to life from inception to completion, and a work experience placement in East Timor helped me discover the area of project management. After a year of working part-time as a student architect alongside my studies, I was confident that I wanted a career in the management side of the industry, overseeing building projects from start to finish – the Master of Project Management would give me that opportunity.
The best thing about studying project management at RMIT is that you study alongside students from various industries and age groups. I’ve built a network of friends and classmates with years of experience in the built environment, and they’ve given me real insight into the industry to go along with the theoretical work we do at uni.
RMIT is very practical, and students are not limited to learning only academic theories. Throughout the course, we learn from real-life case studies and are encouraged to use critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork, which develops the skills we’ll need for a career in project management. I love that students are given opportunities to work while completing their studies to gain experience and prepare for the world after graduation.
The built environment is perceived to be a very male-dominated industry, so we need more women to take on roles in project management and start building the cities of the future. Project management is all about teamwork and good time management skills, so you need to be open-minded and love working with people in teams. Behind every successful project is an entire team of people working together.