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Chathura Ariyasena

Career Path: Business Transformation Specialist, QNB Group
Location: Doha, Qatar

Working in the field of RPA at QNB Group has provided me with invaluable opportunities to contribute to the digital transformation journey of organizations across various industries. By harnessing the power of automation and technology, I assist clients in streamlining their operations, reducing manual errors, and freeing up valuable resources to focus on more strategic initiatives. The dynamic nature of the role, the constant advancements in RPA technologies, and the satisfaction of witnessing tangible improvements in client operations make my current position as a business consultant in the field of RPA both fulfilling and intellectually stimulating.

What are you doing now?Chathura Ruwan

In my current role as a Business Consultant at QNB Group (Qatar National Bank), I am actively involved in leveraging Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to drive operational efficiency and enhance business processes. As part of my responsibilities, I collaborate with clients from various industries to analyse their existing workflows, identify areas of improvement, and develop tailored RPA solutions to automate manual and repetitive tasks.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Northumbria's strong linkage of programs to business transformation and analytics streams was a significant factor that influenced my decision to study here. The University's recognition of the evolving business landscape and the integration of these specialised areas into its curriculum attracted me. It offered a comprehensive education that aligned with my career aspirations and provided the necessary skills to excel in the fields of business transformation and analytics.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Studying at Northumbria University was a rewarding experience, especially with the opportunity to pursue distance learning. The University's distance learning program provided me with a flexible and accessible education that accommodated my personal and professional commitments. Despite not physically attending classes, I felt fully engaged and connected through the well-designed online platforms and virtual classrooms. The support from the faculty and the availability of extensive online resources ensure a seamless learning experience. Overall, studying at Northumbria through distance learning was a convenient and enriching journey that allowed me to achieve my educational goals while maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

How connected was your course with industry?

My course at Northumbria University was exceptionally connected with the industry, specifically in the fields of business transformation, analytics, and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). The University's emphasis on industry collaboration, guest lectures, and real-world case studies ensured that we were constantly exposed to the latest industry trends and practices. The curriculum was designed to bridge the gap between academia and industry, equipping us with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the dynamic and evolving business transformation, analytics, and RPA sectors. The strong industry connections facilitated networking opportunities, internships, and placements, allowing us to gain practical experience and forge valuable connections within the industry. Overall, the course's connection with industry was instrumental in preparing me for the realities and demands of the business transformation, analytics, and RPA fields.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria provided me with the essential tools and knowledge to achieve my career goals in the field of business transformation. The comprehensive curriculum, industry-focused approach, and practical experiences offered by the University equipped me with the skills necessary to drive organisational change and navigate complex business environments. The emphasis on strategic planning, change management, and process improvement gave me a competitive edge in the job market and allowed me to make a meaningful impact in my career. Northumbria's strong industry connections and networking opportunities further supported my professional growth, opening doors to exciting career prospects and establishing valuable industry relationships.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course at Northumbria University was its strong industry focus, providing practical knowledge and skills that directly applied to the field of business transformation.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

The skills and knowledge I learned on my course at Northumbria University that I use most now in my career as a business transformation specialist are strategic planning, change management, process improvement and data analysis.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

What I enjoyed most about my time at Northumbria was the vibrant and inclusive learning community, where I could engage with passionate faculty and fellow students who shared my enthusiasm for business transformation.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

My advice would be 'go for it'! Northumbria offers a vibrant learning environment and industry-relevant programs. Embrace the industry connections, take advantage of resources, build networks, and maintain a growth mindset. Seek support when needed and make the most of your time at Northumbria to foster personal and professional growth.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

It's simply awesome.

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