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Afees Babatunde is an international student from Nigeria. He was one of the most active students in his class and was appointed the international student representative on the class trip to Brussels. This role developed his relationship with a diverse class.
What attracted you to study at Waterford Institute of Technology?
The quest to be a global player prompted my decision to study in Europe, with a particular interest in Ireland. Having searched for different colleges in the state, the advice and support of the International Office through Fiona Purcell and her team contributed to my decision to study at WIT.
What was your motivation for choosing this course?
I was motivated to study Master of Business, specializing in economics and finance in order to enhance my existing professional experience. I believed that I needed more international exposure in the field of finance to compete within the growing industry. Hence my decision to study abroad to fulfil my objective - to be a global financial player.
What have you done in life prior to studying here?
I studied finance in my undergraduate, and ever since, my experiences have revolved around the same field. My wealth of experience cut across Investment management/administration, corporate finance and equity trading
What words of advice do you have for new students?
My advice will be highlighted as:
- Set a target for yourself.
- Hard work and Perseverance
- Time Management
- Interpersonal relationship and passion to work with team
What have been the highlights of your college experience?
I've had a wonderful experience relating with students from different countries, culture and skills. This diversity improved my interpersonal and team management skills.
How did trips add to your college experience?
The trip to Brussels was one of the laudable experience of the Business program. The tour exposes business students to the European Union (EU) business and political environment. As an international student with little knowledge of the European market, the trip to Brussels gave me a better understanding of the Union and how it operates. Like other modules, the activities at the Trip were demanding and educative.
How did you manage your work life study balance?
Time management and prioritizing are my styles. I always make use of the available opportunities today to prevent an undue pressure that may arise in the future. While also considering my social and work activities, my study deliverables are well managed in line with the deadline.
How has this course helped your career development?
So far, my soft skills (communication, team, time management) and analytical skills have significantly improved.
How did your experience at WIT help get you to where you are now?
It’s being a difficult time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Without any doubt, I believe that something good will come at the right time. The knowledge at WIT can never be a waste.