Wole Ibukun

Wole

Ibukun

Nigeria
Being at Nottingham Business School is an opportunity I will always treasure.

More about Wole

Graduated 2012

Current organisation and job title: Consultant with Strategy Quotient Limited

What route did you take into postgraduate study?

I worked for two years before starting my postgraduate degree. Firstly, I was an Assistant Cost Controller during my NYSC and then a Marketer for Pinnacle Micro-Finance. Before this, I studied a BSc Economics at Babcock University in Nigeria.

When choosing a master’s degree, what did you consider it important to have?

For me it was a multicultural environment and work-based learning. Both of which were offered by Nottingham Business School.

What were your reasons for studying a master’s degree and why did you choose Nottingham Business School?

What stood out for me was NTU’s affordability, the low cost of living in Nottingham, city-centre campus and the good ranking of NBS. Furthermore, I met an NTU representative here in Nigeria and they convinced me to choose NBS over other universities I was considering.

Why did you choose to study MSc International Business and what did you enjoy about it?

Being bilingual, I wanted a degree that combined my passion for business development and the opportunity to work for an international company.

Was there anything that stood out on your degree that wasn’t offered at other business schools?

Yes! Instead of having to do a thesis, NBS offered me the option to do a work placement which provided me with the opportunity to get vital work experience outside of my home country, Nigeria.

What modules did you find particularly useful for your career?

It was definitely the course on Entrepreneurship. This gave me enough knowledge and confidence to effectively apply in any start-up business and also in the event I wanted to start my own business.

I have genuinely found that all the tools I was equipped with during my seminars have one time or another been used in my career after leaving NBS.

Do you feel that you grew personally as well as academically at NTU?

Yes, definitely. I met and became friends with students from all over the world and we all bonded through our common goals. My time at NTU also instilled the values of independence and hard work.

What were the main differences you noticed about yourself when you first joined NTU to when you graduated?

I believe the main difference is that I am a lot more self-confident and I have developed an ability to naturally create a bond with anyone from anywhere.

How did you find moving to and living in Nottingham? Was the city a safe place to live and on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the best) how would you rate the city?

Very easy. All the information I needed was online on the NTU website. I would rate Nottingham a 7. Prospective students should take note of NTU’s recommended areas to live as a student. There is a lot of information available and NTU’s representatives are always on hand to assist you.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced since graduating?

Back home in Nigeria, the major challenge is the lack of infrastructure, which makes every step towards my career development a little tougher.

What are your short, medium and long term career goals?

In the short term, to continue to hone my business development skills and expertise with the long term goal to start my own business.

What is your current job title, role and responsibilities? Describe a typical day at work.

I am a Senior Sales Manager and Human Resources Lead for Efferent Services Limited in Lagos, Nigeria. I meet with heads of medical facilities, understand their needs and after understanding those needs tailor a technological solution which will facilitate how healthcare is delivered in their organisation. I am also responsible for running the HR operation in the business.

Have you worked anywhere else after graduating from NBS?

Yes, I was a Business Developer with Strategy Quotient, a Lead Business Developer with Global Talent Network and a Research and Business Developer with RTS Global Partners.

How did you find getting your first job?

I used a combination of Nigerian job portals, LinkedIn and my own personal network which I had developed.

How long after graduating did it take for you to find your first job?

Within 4 months of returning home to Nigeria.

Do you think you would have got your job without your Master’s degree from NBS?

Without my MSc International Business, I would not have been able to work as a Business Developer, so no.

Any final thoughts or advice for prospective students?

I'd advise all students to keep in touch with all the friends you make. You never know who will be your business partner or a link into networks! I'd also advise that it is never too early to start applying for jobs. Be patient with your job search and make sure you do something that makes you happy.

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