Meet Oluchi

“I wanted to be able to contribute to my organisation at a strategic level and help my country solve the problems we currently face. An online masters degree with the University of Roehampton gave me the tools to do that.”
Oluchi Anih
MSc Information Systems Management graduate

With a husband and two children to care for, Oluchi Anih didn’t want her studies to interfere with the time she spent with those most important to her. Juggling those priorities – and balancing the demands of work – meant Oluchi had to make sacrifices in order to complete her MSc in Information Systems Management. But nothing was going to stop her fulfilling her dream. “No matter what, I was determined to finish my programme,” she says with a steely glint in her eye.

In the early stages, Oluchi found it difficult to combine studying, working and managing her family. She started to read at night, after her children had gone to bed. She slept less and went out less. But her online masters gave her the flexibility to combine life as a working professional, mother, wife and student in a convenient way.

Having worked in the financial sector for several years, Oluchi had first-hand experience of one of the big challenges facing the Nigeria economy, namely, the high proportion of people that don’t have a bank account. She was convinced that technology had a key role to play in addressing the problem, but she knew her own knowledge of technology was not sufficient to help find a solution. That’s when she turned to Roehampton Online.

“I felt I needed to develop the essential skills in this area to be able to contribute to my organisation and support my country in solving these real-life problems that we’re currently facing,” says Oluchi.

Her efforts have certainly paid off. During her studies, she received a promotion at work and a commendation from her company’s management. She graduated in 2016, and has since used her newfound skills and expertise to improve her employer’s efficiency, customer service and retention.

At the same time, she hopes her studies will inspire her children to pursue their own academic careers, and she wants other women to see that, through hard work and commitment, anything is possible.

“Graduating was the beginning of a new chapter for me,” she said, “because I felt empowered to step into the future. I now have the skills I need to make a difference in my organisation and my country.”

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