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Isaac Ijeh

Isaac Ijeh

Founder: Silicon Green Educational Services

Isaac Ijeh graduated from Loughborough University London as part of the first cohort of graduates. Having studied Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the University, Isaac is passionate about sharing his experiences as an overseas student. As a result, he is now working within international student recruitment for a brand new company.

What were you doing before you joined Loughborough?

I worked for a student recruitment agency providing advisory and support services to Nigerian students seeking overseas study. I joined the University because it was the right course and the right location.

Has Loughborough University London inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

Yes, and in a lot of ways actually. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management course has not only supported with developing my business and entrepreneurial skills but it’s also helped me achieve major progress in my business – generating funds, constructing plans and developing innovative strategies.

The career and employability sessions at Loughborough University London not only assisted with developing my employability rate but has given me an insight in seeking and employing the best personnel for my business being a full time entrepreneur.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

Learn as much as you can and remain engaged because Loughborough is a community of activities and results and that engagement is what helps you achieve the best and take advantage of the numerous support systems available.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?

Yes, definitely. These activities are tailored to impact students in different irrespective of the nature of the activity. For instance, taking part in employability fairs and exhibitions and being able to chat to potential employers gave me the opportunity to understand the business world, what employers sought after and the tricks to getting the right job which in all guided my path to finding out my perfect career progression.

Also, social extra-curricular activities involving students provided an opportunity to mix up with other individuals with diverse experiences and backgrounds providing an all-round learning and enlightening experience – not only have I made friends for life, I now have potential business partners in different continents and the future would see us involved in business across the globe.

Are there any hidden gems on the campus or in London that you would recommend to future students?

I would have to say there are tonnes of hidden gems in the London campus and they sort of hide in plain sight (haha). The most important and impactful experiences during my time involved my lecturers, guest speakers, all the way down to the support staff and career department. These are gems that have supported me in the course of my program.

The e-learning resources are another key tool students need to take advantage of. As far as the city (London) is concerned, as with every big city, there are a lot of gems – students need to pay attention enough to find the most suitable and useful one based on their preferences and life situations. For example, to a self-sponsored student like me, the fact that one can easily find a job in London and support upkeep is a real gem and I took advantage of this during my time in London.

How did you fund your studies?

I received the Dean’s Award for Enterprise which was a 90% discount on my tuition fees. I had saved up the remainder and my living expenses and at the same time, I worked part time to support myself.

Can you tell us more about the company you are working for currently?

Silicon Green Educational Services is an international student recruitment and advisory firm recently set up to support Nigerian students seeking overseas study.

The industry is highly competitive but S.G.E.S would be operating on a sustainable business model (carefully applying principles from my course at Loughborough University London) by securing active and healthy partnerships and business relationships with the elite high schools and colleges where these students mostly go abroad for undergraduate studies whilst still open for business to support the mature postgraduate students.

The proposed official launch date is the 1 August, 2017.

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

I have a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a year and half experience working as an engineer. After that I worked in sales, marketing and student recruitment for 2 and half years before coming over to London for my master's in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. I would like to state that this was after a long period of time in advisory services and assisting students find the right path in their career.

What do you love the most about your job?

I love being able to support these students in a more productive way, providing good value for money while delivering quality service and helping them find the right course, the right university and in the best destinations in line with their status, budget and career aspirations.

However what I love the most is the fact that I am an entrepreneur working on a couple of ideas. Trying to create value in my society and the world at large and in the nearest future my businesses would involve a good dose of travel, which is something I always enjoyed doing – now I get to do it while getting paid.

What does the future hold for you?

The future is definitely bright and promising. Being in the position that I am in with my ideas and detailed plans as well as the support to be expected from Loughborough University, the Alumni body as well as the enterprise hub, I am more than confident in the fact that these opportunities and ideas would be actualized and within the next 5 years, the world would hear my name.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

So far I would it feels good to be doing something I love doing and I am proud of the fact that I’ve never been this motivated in my life and this is a point where I am working on a lot of projects – my brand of anti-gravity phone cases, a mobile app connecting car owners to on-the-spot support if they had car troubles, a homecoming project focused on providing equal opportunities to Nigerian students in the UK regarding getting jobs and coming back home after their programs in England. I now have the ‘can do’ attitude and it’s only up from here now.

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