A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

From 2009 until 2011, I was involved in academic research that aimed to identify whether, and in what circumstances, faith-based organisations made a distinctive contribution to the achievement of development objectives in Nigeria. This research was conducted on behalf of DFID and the University of Birmingham. The study resulted in the production of an academic Working Paper and an article being published in the journal 'Development in Practice'. In 2007 until 2013, I was Leadership Development Consultant for Accenture programmes. In this role, I facilitated leadership development programmes. This involved organising team building and conflict management and resolution training for managers at Unilever Plc in West and East Africa. From 2008 until 2017, I founded and managed a Non-Governmental Organisation which empowered and developed low income women in rural Nigeria. In this role I facilitated entrepreneurship development and business start-ups with, and for, poor women. I also managed a team of 22 staff. As CEO of the organisation, I worked independently in developing and implementing innovative social enterprise projects. I handed the organisation over to local leadership and returned to the UK in June 2017.


Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

I utilize the skills I have developed in academic training and through working internationally with multicultural clients and organisations. The wealth of experience I have as a business and management professional, and as a teacher, has also been invaluable.


Main work activities in your current role

I teach Human Resource Management to Undergraduates and supervise some Master's students. I also do academic research.


A typical day in your job

My typical working day involves teaching and attending departmental meetings.


Main challenges in your role

Teaching students with a variety of learning styles and backgrounds is not without difficulty.


Why did this type of work appeal to you?

I already had a wealth of experience from the industry with a comprehensive employment history to draw upon. I wanted to share some of these with students. I also have extensive experience working in multicultural environments, and enjoy working and communicating with students from diverse backgrounds.


Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

Remain dedicated, committed and passionate.