Olivia Cowley

Olivia Cowley

Senior Project Manager

Tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to join Pythagoras.

Prior to joining Pythagoras, I had been working in the beauty industry for over 5 years, predominantly being self-employed. I found myself wanting a new challenge with a company I could grow and progress with, so I applied for the role of Project Coordinator at Pythagoras. It appealed to me because the skills required for the role closely matched those that I had acquired whilst working for myself.

How have Pythagoras supported your professional development, and what training did you have to complete to become a Project Manager?

As a Project Coordinator, I was given the opportunity to manage small projects which gave me an insight and feel for Project Management. After being in the role for a little while I was gaining valuable experience from my mentors and I decided I wanted to progress towards a role in Project Management.

Pythagoras has been very supportive and provided internal training and mentoring throughout my career, in addition to this, I have completed my PRINCE2 Project Management training course.

Why is it so important that companies like Pythagoras have Project Managers?

Project Managers are crucial in businesses such as Pythagoras because they are responsible for the overall delivery and success of a project; including resource planning, budget control and project governance, which is continuous throughout the project.

What advice would you have for someone thinking about Project Management as a career?

There’s a great variety of projects being delivered at any one point in time within the company. You’re also given the help and support to understand how you can further your career in Project Management, with helpful resources and mentoring available to you. Project Management puts you at the heart of the organisation, from the initial scoping through to project sign-off, playing such a central role enables you to gain valuable knowledge and a cross-set of skills quickly.

What’s your experience of being a woman in the technology industry?

My experience as a woman in technology has been immensely positive. It’s been really encouraging to see an increase in the number of females joining the industry over the past 4 years I’ve worked at Pythagoras. It’s also been fantastic to see the WIT and International Women’s Day initiatives gathering such momentum and showing signs of allowing new talented women to enter the industry.

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