Life@MASS: Kirsty's career story

Meet Kirsty, a Training Project Manager who works in our Electronic Warfare Operation Support Group. From a degree in dance to project management, she’s had a varied career so far. Here she tells us about her experience of working at MASS.


What's your current job and what does it entail?

I’m the Training Project Manager (TPM) for the EWOS Training Team.  It involves standard management of the contract deliveries as well as ensuring the Training Team have what they need to deliver, promoting continuous improvement and providing support to the Head of Training.


What do you enjoy most about your role?

There is a lot of variety and with that, I am always being challenged.


What did you do before you joined MASS?

After completing my BA degree in Dance, I worked for a sister company of a debt management company as a Case Officer.  This involved frequent liaison between customers, lenders and the Financial Ombudsman.  This role was also very varied and challenging due to the differing circumstances of each case.


Why did you choose to work at MASS?

I was made aware of a temporary Admin role by someone who already worked for MASS.  Hearing more about what MASS did I felt it had good opportunities for professional growth.


How did you get into your area of work?

After the temporary Admin role came to an end, I was offered a maternity cover role of Project and Bid Support within the Secure Networks division.  This then became a permanent role with the Education projects being my primary focus.  After moving into the Information Assurance Team under the Cyber Division (now Digital Services Group) I was promoted to Project Manager and put through both Agile and APM project management qualifications before joining the EWOS Training Team in June 2020. Last year I also completed the MASS graduate scheme.


Why did you choose your line of work?

I enjoyed working on the Education projects so working for the EWOS Training Team was a step up from this facilitating training courses to military on job specific subjects.


What advice would you give someone looking to move into your area of work?
Always go for opportunities presented to you.