Odera Ogbodo, 23, a native of Enugu State in Nigeria, had graduated in the 1st Class division in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) recently at the University of Greenwich, UK. He attended the University of Nigeria Primary School Enugu, King’s College, Lagos and University of Nigeria Secondary School, Enugu.
To support himself thorough schooling overseas, which cost basically ₤50,000 for tuition (which was covered for by his parents in Nigeria) and accommodation, Odera had four years’ experience working in different sectors and industries, which include IT, education, retail and hospitality. He had job roles as a Data Analyst, IT Technical and Application Support, Admin Assistant, Bartender and Sales Associate all done within the 20-hour per week work limits of his student visa status.
Odera cited the availability of resources for study made his educational attainment easier to achieve and he opted to study in the UK to avail himself better opportunities like internships and placements so as to gain practical experiences outside of his theoretical.
“My next plan is to get a job- a good job, work in a chosen sector and slowly discover the most feasible career path to specialize in. That way, I would be doing a Masters degree not as a clueless student with a lot of theory, but as a professional with a lot of experience. That way I can get more out of the degree and in the process make positive impacts on my fellow students, tutors and my country”