We sat down with one of the newest members of our team, Elizabeth Orija, who joins AlfaPeople UK as a Project Manager.
Q: Tell us a bit about your career so far and how it led you to AlfaPeople…
A: After completing a degree in Computer Information Systems, I started my career in IT support where I was given the role of planning and managing a software upgrade project. This sparked my interest in project management itself. Outside of work, I’ve always been interested in organizing and managing projects and events – among my group of friends I am known as the one who likes to plan and organize everything, and I’ve even managed two of my friends’ weddings!
So, after completing a PRINCE2 qualification, I then went on to a project management role within a digital agency. However, 4 or 5 years ago I joined a Microsoft partner and began working solely on Dynamics projects and have been working primarily on these ever since; I’ve managed a variety of implementations from AX, to Fin Ops, to Talent.
Q: What will your new role involve and what are you most looking forward to?
A: My role involves working with a variety of stakeholders, including consultants and development teams to manage a project from start to finish. I’m excited to be working on massive projects such as the one we are doing for RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) which is very large and complex – there’s a lot to do and a lot to think about but I love the satisfaction of completing a job well done.
Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself…
A: Firstly, I have a bit of an unusual hobby – aerial acrobatics. It’s a type of gymnastics that you perform suspended in the air from hoops, silks and slings. I never did gymnastics as a child so it has been challenging at times to pick the skills up but I love it and it’s such a fun way to keep fit.
Another interesting fact is that I was part of the team that delivered the London 2012 Olympics. I was an IT service desk manager, working at a variety of venues, from the Royal Artillery Barracks where the shooting was held, to Hadleigh Farm where the mountain biking took place. I was there right from the beginning, helping to bring in the equipment, setting it up and making sure everyone was used to the systems, through to the Paralympics and then packing up after the events were over. It was an incredible experience and I even bagged a few tickets to the Tennis. Best job ever! Until I got this one… of course!