“I have experienced immense career growth through my MBA studies, plus I’ve gained a lot of recognition and respect.”
Mohammed Jamil Amin Sokwalla
Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate
Since graduating with his Roehampton Online MBA in July 2017, Mohammed Jamil Amin Sokwalla from Kenya says he now feels like he’s standing tall and looking at the bright future he had only dreamed of.
In fact, not long after completing his MBA, Mohammed landed a new role as Chief Accountant with AutoXpress Ltd in Nairobi, one of the largest auto supply companies in Kenya. As a dedicated father to three young children, the new role meant not only more opportunities for him but also for his family with the job taking them from Mombasa to the country capital.
Already ACCA and CPA qualified, Mohammed Jamil worked as Head of Finance at PharmaKen Ltd, one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in Kenya, throughout his online study and he feels his MBA has enabled him to progress immensely.
Now overseeing a much larger team, he has seen tremendous growth in himself and his responsibilities as a result of his new knowledge - as well as being able to influence greater outcomes for his employers. “I am contributing to the success of the company in a lot more ways than I could have before I did the programme,” he said. “I have become the leader that people want work with.”
Mohammed found the ‘Pygmalion Effect’ of managing people to be one of the most valuable skills he developed throughout the programme that he could apply directly to his role. “You need to tell people they can do it, you need to give them confidence and you need to genuinely believe that they are capable. It’s all about leadership and good management of people.”
Like many Roehampton Online students, a programme that offered flexibility was a key factor for Mohammed in choosing the Roehampton Online MBA. “I could study, and maintain my work and family commitments perfectly,” he said, recognising the relentless support and sacrifice from his wife with him often studying at odd hours to meet deadlines.
The other big draw to the programme was the opportunity to interact with people from different places and cultures. “It was great interacting with colleagues from all over the world. We shared knowledge and experience and that made the whole MBA programme a lot more exciting and fruitful. A lot of what I learned came from this sharing of knowledge.”
Impressed by the intelligence and experience of many of his fellow students, he still maintains genuine friendships with many of the people he met through his studies, exchanging advice and updates on business trends. He met several of them in person for the first time at the graduation ceremony in London.
What does graduating mean to him? “My parents had this dream for me and I achieved it. Getting a highly prestigious degree from the most prestigious city in the world, I am really lucky and blessed to have done it!”
More than 90% of students believe their degree will be valuable or very valuable to their careers after graduation*
*Results calculated by the University of Roehampton, London Online based on the responses of 676 current students who responded to the annual student-satisfaction survey in 2014. At the time the research was fielded, this was a response rate of 33%.