More about Oladunni
Tell us a bit about yourself? Why did you choose to study at Nottingham Trent University?
My name is Oladunni Okpame and I am currently studying MSC Human Resources Management. I have over 13 years work experience in various areas in banking in Nigeria.
Before choosing NTU I did a thorough search of various universities. I visited quite a number of the identified universities including NTU. NTU is a very student friendly university, as everyone i came across during the open day I attended was willing to support and give relevant information.The admission process was also seamless as there was prompt feedback to my enquiries at every stage of the application. The Nigeria representative, Wole Ibukun, also made it easy to settle for NTU as he was willing to follow up on issues that could ordinarily have made the process frustrating.
Tell us about your course. What is the best bit? Would you recommend your course to other students?
The course has been very educative and practical. My lecturers always take out their time to give real life scenarios and case studies to ensure that we have a feel of these HR issues in the real world and how to tackle them.
I love the fact different delivery methods, including visual, are used to ensure full understanding of the concepts. Also my tutors are very approachable and also willing to give guidance and further coaching if needed.
I will and have already recommended the course to some of my friends who are due to resume this September.
You have just successfully secured a placement. Can you tell us about that?
I have always been interested in volunteering to help and support people that might need it. This I did, and was later offered a 12 month HR placement opportunity by the same organisation.
I got a lot of support from the Employability Team right from the beginning of the course, through weekly briefings and the opportunity to drop in for any enquiries with regards to placements. Also I was given a lot of coaching on how to write better CVs and cover letters and also prepare for interviews.
My advice to other students is to start the search for placements immediately when they arrive. They should engage with the Employability Team and visit Inplace regularly, and also engage with members of the community through volunteering and other forms of social interaction.
Have you had any opportunities to work or volunteer while at NTU?
I have met and interacted with so many people of different cultures here in Nottingham. I did volunteer working with the aged which I have tremendously enjoyed. I learnt a lot from the experience.
Do you enjoy Nottingham? What do you think are the best things about Nottingham for an international student?
Yes I enjoy living in Nottingham. It is a very peaceful city with lots of fun places to visit. A lot of students live here as there are two universities in the city, so you don’t get to feel out of place.
Have you learnt anything from your experiences that you would advise future international students?
My advice to other international student is to consider choosing NTU to study as the school is well equipped ,the lecturers are experienced, the school environment is conducive for learning and the city itself is safe and habitable for students of all cultures.
Can you describe NTU in three words?
Educative, warm and a friendly environment.