“It has earned me more respect from my colleagues and superiors because of the positive change in how I carry out my job function.”
MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management graduate
Working full-time for a government organisation, falling pregnant during the first module, midnight study sessions and having a husband also enrolled in an online degree would be more than enough to make even the most tenacious person consider deferring their online studies but not Olubunmi (Bunmi) Saidi.
Bunmi proudly graduated with a hard-earned MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management in July 2017, even graduating with a merit achievement. Her daughter, born during her studies, was there to see her cross the stage.
“I didn’t want to just go through the masters, I wanted to graduate with a good grade so that made me push myself,” said Bunmi who works for DFID Nigeria - a British NGO that works with Nigerian state governments to improve public service delivery and invariably improve citizens’ lives.
Referred to the University by her husband Olalekan, who was studying an MSc in Project Management with Roehampton Online at the time and was a few modules ahead of her, Bunmi committed herself to waking up at midnight every day to study for three hours.
“I had just become pregnant at the start of my programme and it made waking up to study and other school requirements a bit tough to handle,” she said. “I gave birth two-weeks before I started module three. I contemplated deferring that module, but then I thought I could lose momentum or interest. That module I had one of my best grades, I don’t know how I did it.”
Working a dual role in human resources and as a reform facilitator, Bunmi found the highlight of the programme was being able to apply what she learned directly to her job. By taking the core HR principles from each module she would advise the government how they could improve their HR processes. “If you improve your HR like this then your employees will perform better and if they perform better we do a better public service to the citizens,” was her advice.
Working alongside senior government officials, Bunmi’s self-awareness and overall job performance also improved, “I was able to think more strategically and I was not afraid to speak when I had a divergent opinion.”
With her masters successfully completed after three years of sacrifice and hard work, Bunmi was not going to miss the opportunity to graduate with her husband in London. With a second baby on the way, Bunmi capped her achievement at the graduation ceremony, 35-weeks pregnant and to cheers from their three-year old daughter.
“It means a lot to me knowing that I was able to finish what I started in spite of the many challenges I encountered. Ultimately it means that I’m another step closer to achieving my professional goal.”
Bunmi’s advice to others considering studying with Roehampton Online is: “Just do it. Don’t over think it and once you start, don’t give up.”
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%.