Mariam Adra

Current Job/ Role: Personal Assistant at Advisors

Academic and Professional Credentials: Business Management Student at Global University

Domain / Industry Knowledge/Sector expertise: Management


1. As a next generation leader; how do you describe the role of project manager to your friends and family?

A project manager is a person who makes sure there is good sustainability and desired quality. They know everything about the project on all its aspects and they are responsible for doing the coordination. Such as knowing the time and budget, knowing the stakeholders and constraints. The project manager makes decisions regardless of the unknowns and uncertainty, which makes him or her a person that should be prepared to any situation. He or she also have the characteristics of agility.

2. As a youth role model; how do you apply and benefit from your management skills in your life?
Management skills are a part of my everyday life, whether in my home, my university or in my workplace. For instance, coordinating a hike with my friends drives a planning strategy. Knowing how to pick the place and time and how to organize the group is a part of managing it. I start with knowing the resources available such as who’s coming, what day is best for a hike and what should we wear, how would the weather be where would we hike, and at what time? Most importantly is planning what happens if the weather changed and how to be easy going with an alternative. At first it won’t be comfortable for planning an alternative but risks still need to be considered. A second part of managing is choosing the type of communication with the other person to fix a problem or to get over it, in order to reach the desired result of the project. 

3. As a university student; can you tell us how did project management credentials help in advancing your knowledge?
Of course, it advanced my knowledge by discovering the practical experience before the theoretical. 
This happened when I shifted my major from Pharmacy school to Business school. 
Instead of finishing the rest of my 4years Pharmacy and getting the PharmD, I entered the business school and took my CAPM certificate at my first year.
I have gained knowledge from my training at ADVISORS, an opportunity that I’m grateful for, such as Customer Relationship Management, Scheduling Management, Project coordination, Business Development, and Business Analysis, all just at my first year in Business school.

4. How can you empower youth as a change maker and share with us a successful project you have worked and its lessons learned? (If you are working).
Having the CAPM certificate is just my start. I still have a lot of milestones and a whole career to discover. Project management defined my priorities in making decisions better. I now manage my life and problems in a different way, I put all possibilities in front of me and have different options to a decision. This made me choose better and avoid or mitigate risks in order not to shut down if I faced a hard time. Such as the explosion of August 4. Life went on and I learned that there are other ways to what I planned first, and I can still find ways to implement an execution. I would love to initiate my project someday as I hope my choice of career shifting will help me. 

5. Any advice and recommendation you can give to other young leaders interested in becoming project managers.
Despite our challenges in Lebanon during the corona time, I strongly advise them to discover their potential. To learn through online courses and become curious what’s the world outside is heading to, and what’s needed in the near future. Having a vision is just a start. Becoming a future project manager is a becoming a leader and a person who knows how to take decisions and implement them. He or she should be open to challenges, agile, curios, and have communication and people skills. They should keep on growing to make their limit above the sky in order to find the best opportunities. In a few words, one can start by being the project manager of their own lives. Professional growth starts from a personal level and on developing their skills; this makes them more valuable to the market place. 

Ahmad Oueidat