Two alumni from the masterprogramme in windpower management tell about their careers

A photo of Vendula JorgensenVendula Jorgensen

"After graduation in 2013, I started as a wind energy consultant on a German offshore wind foundation test project. From 2018 onwards, I have been expanding my activities from the wind power sector into management consulting for German utility companies." 
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Veaceslav Crasilscic stands in front of wind powerVeaceslav Crasilscic

"My current job in the energy industry offers the opportunity to work in a fast-changing environment, with permanent innovation of business models and technologies that deliver electrical energy. In a way, our contribution to important regional projects offers a state of personal fulfilment, as one understands that access to energy improves quality of life and has a positive impact on society. I hope that the positive trend of investing in power grid upgrades, onshore and offshore renewable energy projects upgrades will continue to grow and create more opportunities to succeed in the industrial environment and offer upgraded technologies for power distribution."
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a photo of Vendula JorgensenName: Vendula Jorgensen
From: Czechia
Programme: Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management
Graduation year: 2013

What have you been doing since your graduation from the Master’s Programme in Wind Power Project Management?
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After graduation in 2013, I started as a wind energy consultant on a German offshore wind foundation test project. From 2018 onwards, I have been expanding my activities from the wind power sector into management consulting for German utility companies. In 2019, I enriched my consulting life with a brand-new client: a baby, and am enjoying the absolute novelty of motherhood."

Where do you work today and what main tasks do you have? 
"While being on maternity leave today, I am looking forward to returning to my current employer Accenture, one the largest consulting companies that helps other businesses re-invent and digitise their activities. My tasks fall into the project management support side and involve data visualisations, tracking budgets and project delivery milestones as well as general research tasks. I also conceptualise and run workshops with various stakeholders, which is where the knowledge gained from courses on stakeholder management and planning come into practice."

Why did you choose to study the Master’s Programme in Wind Power Project Management?
"Prior to the studies, I graduated from Master’s Programme English and Russian Studies and dedicated about 7 years to working with foreign languages as a teacher, translator and occasional guide and interpreter. At some point, I achieved my goals and decided to add something completely different to my portfolio: wind! The main reason was that I wished to start working in renewables. Of course, the location itself played an important role as Gotland is a real wind power base where you can visit a wind power plant easily, plus it is also a beautiful place. When I applied for the programme, I was specifically fond of the fact that there were both theoretical and practical exercises outlined, which then took place during the actual studies."

What kind of experiences and lessons do you bring with you from your education?
"Having come from the humanities background, I was well familiar with qualitative research and type of work. However, I needed to boost the quantitative side, which often pushed me to the edge. Regarding the WPPM, the lessons I bring with me are mainly those on consenting and planning, stakeholder management and community engagement, which have been helpful in my jobs. I have used acquired project management skills in all the energy projects I have been involved in. Moreover, the studies also boosted my digital skills. The practical exercises, excursions and field trips helped me to cement the learnings into my understanding."

What do you enjoy the most about your current job? Do you have any future hopes and dreams regarding your work situation?
"I am happy that I can be a part of the German energy transition, see how the energy world really works and be involved in real projects, which are mostly run in an agile mode and always deal with digitalisation. I am around people with lots of knowledge and experience and I feel constantly challenged as the given projects develop, progress, change and close. I can also learn things I did not even know I did not know – here I mean mainly new work tools, frameworks and the topic of (technology) innovation. My dream is that I manage to combine my career with my family, which I hope will both continue growing."

Do you have any recommendations or tips for those who think about applying to the programme and to those who soon graduate from the program?
"For those applying: have a clear idea about your motivation why you want to study the programme. Reach out to the staff or alumni if you have questions about whether your motivation matches with the syllabus. My second recommendation is to think of ways how you can achieve your goals already during the studies instead of after."

"For those who soon graduate: “Everything is an interview” – presentation of yourself already in the class during the studies, casual talk at a conference with an industry representative, networking anywhere as well as your online presence and many others. My second tip would be to keep a journal of your thoughts and aspirations regarding your career, go over your notes regularly and make a self asssesment how you are progressing on your goals." 

Veaceslav Crasilscic stands in front of wind power
Name:
 Veaceslav Crasilscic
From: originally from Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Programme: Master's Programme in Wind Power Project Management
Graduation year: 2016

What have you been doing since your graduation from the Master’s Programme in Wind Power Project Management?
"After graduation, I have started an internship with the wind turbine manufacturer - Goldwind Science & Technology in Beijing, China. While being part of the International Business Support Department, I have used fresh acquired knowledge at WPPM (Wind Power Project Management) Master’s classes and previous work experience in order to support department projects move further in expanding Goldwind international market share. After completing the internship, I relocated back to Europe and joined the world leader in cable systems industry - Prysmian Group in the regional commercial department."

Where do you work today and what main tasks do you have? 
"It is during WPPM studies where I learnt first about the technologies and solutions offered by my current employer, Prysmian Group, for the renewable energy industry with its range of cables and systems for power transmission and distribution. I was hired as part of the talent program SELL IT, also due to my background in business development. My tasks mainly involve consulting and providing the most suitable products, solutions and technical offers for conventional and renewable energy projects (mostly wind and solar) in Central Eastern Europe."

Why did you choose to study the Master’s Programme in Wind Power Project Management?
"I decided to pursue renewable energy studies in order to learn how to maximise the potential of clean energy sources and promote sustainable development. The decision to go with with the WPPM Master’s programme was fostered by the fast growing investments in renewables in the South-Eastern Europe, the region I am coming from. Not the least important is the fact that WPPM program promised to focus both on technical and business subjects, partly through field work on Gotland, island with an already successfully established wind farm infrastructure."

What kind of experiences and lessons do you bring with you from your education?
"The studies at Uppsala University, Campus Gotland came with a wide mix of theoretical and practical activities which helped in understanding better the concepts taught in class. Numerous field trips at Gotland main energy generation and distribution sites and guest lectures from local specialists and alumni created a clearer insight on the renewable energy industry. Apart from external sources, I learned a lot from my colleagues of different academic backgrounds as we, more or less, complemented each other in group tasks. Except studies of wind energy industry, the knowledge gained at Uppsala University during WPPM Master’s programme prepared me for work in a wide range of activities as I learned about commercial activities, business strategies and policy frameworks in the energy industry worldwide."

What do you enjoy the most about your current job? Do you have any future hopes and dreams regarding your work situation?
"My current job in the energy industry offers the opportunity to work in a fast-changing environment, with permanent innovation of business models and technologies that deliver electrical energy. In a way, our contribution to important regional projects offers a state of personal fulfilment, as one understands that access to energy improves quality of life and has a positive impact on society. I hope that the positive trend of investing in power grid upgrades, onshore and offshore renewable energy projects upgrades will continue to grow and create more opportunities to succeed in the industrial environment and offer upgraded technologies for power distribution."

Do you have any recommendations or tips for those who think about applying to the programme and to those who soon graduate from the program?
"WPPM Master’s programme has a wide alumni network, do not hesitate to get in contact with former students via email or social media for inquiries or recommendations. Also, my advice to the students who will soon graduate from the program is  remain constantly curious and look way in advance for opportunites like internships, research work or jobs. While those who are thinking about applying to the programme, I’d like to assure that the professors and Uppsala University staff will create the proper environment for learning and research, while providing advice and connections for building a right career path after graduation." 

January 2020

Last modified: 2021-03-15