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

Upon leaving University of Birmingham in 2005, I worked for UNICEF as a consultant and left for WaterAid in 2008. I then co-founded an NGO supporting children, women and vulnerable people. I also co-funded my own consulting firm and a school. I have previously worked for consulting firms such as Mouchel Parkman, WS Atkins, PwC, Deloitte, among others. Currently, I am working for SOFRECO in North East Nigeria on an EU project supporting the recovery of people and communities affected by insurgency in North East Nigeria.

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

Skills I have utilised include: planning, problem solving, critical thinking, academic writing, working collaboratively, advocating and influencing causes, and networking. I also have to undertake and perform action oriented research.

Main work activities in your current role

I provide technical support, to partner organizations, for the coordination and monitoring aid. Examples include: an assessment of beneficiaries reached, bottleneck analysis, and mediating between partners and government/s.

A typical day in your job

My typical day is long, and can even sometimes be 18 hours! I spend the early hours planning my day, reading, and following up on previous issues and emails. In the afternoon, I attend to partners. In the evening, I produce and send reports and reflections. Sometimes I catch up with friends and colleagues to share ideas in the evening too.

Main challenges in your role

The main challenge I face is keeping up with the pressure of work and balancing it with my life. My job can interrupt my family time.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

I have a passion for humanitarian and development work. Watching and helping people develop and exit poverty is one of the greatest appeals of my job.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

1. Be sociable, make friends and network. 2. Volunteer for charity organisations while studying in Birmingham. 3. Partake in ongoing research centres and extracurricular activities that can improve their academic studies. 4. Join professional associations such as the Development Studies Association, and participate in discussions on professional social media pages.