Masters in Major Programme Management
This afternoon I was passing my time with a close friend and we reflected upon some of our personal achievements to date. As I sipped my coffee, a thousand thoughts were simultaneously running through my mind. I was thinking about my career, my family, my life experiences and what it takes to accomplish an aspiration. The decision to return to Postgraduate Studies and complete an Executive Master’s degree at Oxford University was one of them. The realisation of this choice weighed heavily on my mind as I am now faced with the daunting task of undertaking my first major assessment. I am required to write a paper that critically evaluates the reorganisation of the Mars Programme that resulted from the introduction of the ‘faster, better cheaper’ approach at NASA.
Toiling at my desk on how I write this, I looked at a recent picture that was taken of me on Matriculation Day and thought: does this convey one thousand words, per the famous English idiom? How did I find myself standing in front of a camera dressed in a black suit, a white bow tie and in subfusc at Oxford? What did it actually take to be in this position? Many of my family and friends looked at the photograph and thought, “this is amazing” or “congratulations – what a wonderful achievement!” While there was a feeling of pride tempered with humility, I pondered and thought, this is how it happened:
Does that therefore equate to one thousand words? Was it sensible undertaking the aforementioned experiences to be placed for that photograph? I concluded that every moment of accomplishment has a story of perhaps one thousand words, more or less. The arduous journey I pursued was worthwhile for that moment. As the proverb goes, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”Back to top of article