Nigerian postgraduate Lola Bankole explains the benefits of her postgraduate degree programme and how she settled in on campus.
MSc Information Management and Business Technology
My name is Lola Bankole, I'm from Nigeria and my programme is MSc Information Management and Business Technology.
I think it's the hybrid nature of the course, so because it's a business and technology course, that's what attracted me because I wanted to do something that's a mixture of business and technology.
The highlight of my programme would be the dissertation I'm currently doing. My dissertation is looking at IT planning in small businesses so I'll get to go out there and talk to small businesses about how they plan IT, and I think it should be interesting.
In terms of employability I think Loughborough prepares you very well for life after studies, so there's always career fairs and you get to talk to employers about what the job market is like. I've secured a job offer with Barclays, so I'll be going to Barclays to work on a graduate programme after Loughborough.
To someone planning to study my course at Loughborough I would say go for it! It gives you a very hybrid view of business and technology, and especially if you're coming from a technical background, it gives you a lot of business skills that you wouldn't normally be exposed to so I would say go for it, it's a good course.
In terms of settling in at Loughborough I found it quite easy because I did my undergraduate degree at Sheffield, but I do have friends who came straight from Nigeria and they found it quite easy to settle. There is English language support and the societies and clubs helped them to get used to life in Loughborough and settle in ok.
The social life in Loughborough is great. I think because it's a campus university there's a lot of things going on, there's the union and there's sports and it just gives you an opportunity to make friends and be very sociable. And because it's a campus university I've got to make a lot of friends and get to know what's going on around town and the campus and I think it's great.