Award-winning student Kathryn Cumming is graduating with distinction from Robert Gordon University's (RGU) Aberdeen Business School.
Kathryn took to the stage at The Music Hall on Monday 8th December to collect her MSc in Project Management.
The 24-year-old, of Aberdeen, is also celebrating career success as she has secured a job with AMEC on the Project Management Graduate Scheme which lasts four years.
She said: "I decided to go to university to learn, I wanted to get an education so that I could pursue a good career. I also wanted to discover more about myself and distinguish subjects I enjoy from those that I do not enjoy.
"I chose project management because it is a vocational degree that is applicable in all industries. I knew that studying project management would allow me to develop the transferable skills that are valued by employers and that it would give me a lot of opportunities.
"I'm really happy that I chose to do this MSc. I have definitely become more confident over the course of the year. I have learned so much about the technical side of project management but thanks to the extensive group work I have also learned a lot informally with regards to team work and how to interact with people in a professional environment. I think that this is important because I believe that in order to excel professionally, the technical skills are only half the battle.
"You also need to be able to work effectively in teams and create a positive working environment. I also think that you can learn a lot from other people and that everyone has something unique to bring to a team."
Kathryn said one high from her MSc was winning the Association for Project Management Scottish Challenge with two of her classmates.
The theme of the challenge was for a team of people to undertake an innovative project to raise money for charity and Kathryn and her team undertook a Valentine's art project and raised £1,648.49 for the British Heart Foundation.
She said: "Participating in the challenge was really good fun but also a great learning experience. When I signed up for the challenge I never thought that I would be part of the winning team, I only wanted to see how far we would get. I learned that you should never doubt your ability to do something until you have tried it."
Kathryn began her job with AMEC in September and is really enjoying it so far.
She added: "Whilst on the graduate scheme I hope to continuously develop my knowledge and skills.
"With regard to the future I hope to get the opportunity to travel. I know it is early days at the moment but I also hope to eventually get a management position. I know that I will have to work very hard in order to realise this ambition and that there will be times when the job will be tough.
"However I think that it is good to push yourself out of your comfort zone as you will be surprised at what you can achieve."
Communications Officer | Aberdeen Business School