“Studying with Roehampton fundamentally changed how I manage my team. It’s not always about data and figures – it’s about people. The MBA completely changed my mindset.”
Masters of Business Administration (MBA) graduate
Growing up with five brothers and sisters in Nigeria, the importance of education was always stressed to Olakunle Ayeni and his siblings. All five attended university locally, but the trained pharmacist was the first in his family to study with an overseas university.
In 2016, after three years of hard work, Olakunle graduated with an MBA from the University of Roehampton, London Online. As well as inspiring his brothers and sisters, for whom he describes his achievement as a “morale booster”, Olakunle also hopes to inspire his three children - two boys and a girl. “They now understand that learning is a lifetime adventure,” he said. “You have to continue learning to keep improving your potential.”
A trained pharmacist now working as a sales manager in Nigeria, Olakunle says that one of the main benefits of studying online was the flexibility to fit his studies around his life. “I had demands from my work, from my family, from my career, that I wouldn’t have been able to manage if I was tied to a physical classroom. Online education gave me that flexibility to balance the different aspects of my life. I was master of myself and master of my time,” he says.
The global nature of online study was another major highlight of the programme. His classes involved other students from countries around the world, including Canada, Ghana, Switzerland, Kenya, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. “Everybody brought their own ideas. It helped me think outside the box,” he said.
Today, he still collaborates with Roehampton Online students and attends quarterly meet-ups in Lagos and Abuja with ‘Team Nigeria’ – an informal group of Nigerian Roehampton students who come together to help each other along their academic journeys.
Olakunle says his global network of contacts has grown as a direct result of his studies. And he was promoted at work even before he finished is course. “I have a better relationship with my team, I’m more engaged, and I can lead people better – that’s been the MBA’s impact on my career,” he said.
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%.