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Karol Douglas. Karol Douglas

Post-graduate certificate in Project Planning, Appraisal and Management (2007-2008)

What do you do for a living now?

Policy Analyst with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, Canada- I am primarily involved in research report writing. I collect data through tools such as jurisdictional scans but also through organizing consultation events. My major projects range from examining the impact and consequences of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in criminal justice system; balancing the information sharing needed for integrated government services with privacy protection laws; and empowering community justice (improving the relationship between community and the police). Within a large government, it is not always easy to state what difference one individual’s contribution is making, especially as I work with the policy makers, not the end users. That said, one could argue that it was my report that frontline staff desired more training in dealing with individuals with FASD in the criminal justice system that led to increased training opportunities being made available.

Do you think your time at the University of Bradford (UoB) helped you to pursue this? If yes, how?

My time with the UofB was short but I believe that the intense courses which I took, especially the in-class assignments on project management, helped with improving the organizational skills I employ in my job. I firmly believe that project management skills increases your analytical skills which applicable in most/every job.

Did you ever envisage doing this while you were at UoB?

Not particularly, no. I had originally expected to remain in economic development or pursuing PhD studies, which I may still do one day. But I did hope to use my project management skills and I do.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?

I continued working with the European Development Fund offices at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Where do you live now?

Saskatchewan, Canada

Where did you live when you were a student?

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies.

Who was your favourite lecturer and why?

Patrick Ryan – he was approachable and knowledgeable and fair to the various skill levels in the class.

Karol Douglas. Are you still friends with anybody you met at UoB?

Yes, several of the other students.

What would be your one top tip for someone about to come to university?

I always advise students that while a highly ranked university looks good on a resume, a university small enough to allow you to meet and learn from your professor are more valuable to your learning. Evaluate your intended program at the university instead of just relying on the university’s overall name/rank. Speak to alumni if you can.

What would be your one top tip for someone about to graduate from university?

On the surface, what you have learned in university may never resemble anything you do in the workplace but you are not starting from scratch. You learn the fundamentals in university; the job is where you apply the skills and knowledge.