POSTGRADUATE PERSONAL STATEMENTS

Management

Business Management


Business is the way of the world. Shopping, buying, selling, promoting, discounting, are all business activities and we as individuals are involved with in it some way, every day. It’s a field that I am greatly interested in, and wish to learn more about. Although I have a broad range of interests, I have always been drawn to business management because to me it’s a very exciting environment with lots of demands and challenges. However the thing that excites me the most about business management is the way it can directly and indirectly affect the lives of so many people.

I am a forward thinking individual who has drive, ambition and ability, all of which are traits that are vital for effective business management. I posses strong team-working skills, am able to work individually or as part of a group, and have excellent organisational skills that I have gained through my academic and work experience.

I feel the three most important points I learnt so far from my work experience, is firstly the ability to understand what drives a business, and the processes needed to help resolve any barriers to continued growth and profitability. Secondly being able to look beyond the numbers to the business trends and drivers, and thirdly being able to work to deadlines and handle pressure.

I am a social person who enjoys spending time with friends and family. I like to be a part of my local community, where I help out at events and activities.

I am now looking for an opportunity to further my personal development and career progression by enrolling with a reputable university on a business management master’s degree course. I want to learn more about the nature, power and limitations of various business techniques; how management can influence a business' performance; how business and other types of organisations can help society to function and address societal problems.

As a citizen, who has opportunities given to him to achieve his goals, I want to make impact on my country Nigeria, my state and my community by utilizing the knowledge I have acquired from my studies. It will be wonderful to be part of those who can make a good change in a country’s economy globally.




Engineering & Management


PERSONAL STATEMENT

My name is Omamuli Blackson Faka, I am from Delta State, Nigeria. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.

From my childhood I have always been amazed at the sight of massive structures like bridges, multi-story buildings, dams and how they are built. My desire to go for a masters degree in Engineering and Management is interwoven with my earlier decision to study civil engineering in the University. The curiosity of knowing how to bring to life a design or drawing on paper through practical application of certain technological principles which is what engineering is all about makes civil engineering an ideal course for me.

I look at the chance of pursuing a master degree programme in engineering and management as an opportunity to broaden my knowledge on civil engineering which has contract preparation, execution and management as an integral part it.Also,I currently work in an engineering firm in a limited supervisory role were have got to work alongside other people and had the privilege to gain firsthand experience of putting to practice some of the theory learnt in my university lectures and having to manage both human and material resources as part of my primary duties, Therefore having an MSc in engineering and management will surely enhance my ability to function properly in such related duties at work and give me the chance to aim higher in my career.

Having gone through the coursework, it was interesting to note that the course covers a wide range of areas including:

  • Contract Management.
  • Human Resource Management/Skills.
  • Project Management.
  • Operations Management.

All this generally makes it an ideal choice for me.

The opportunity to further my studies also gives me a wide range of opportunities through interacting with different people, experiencing diverse cultures, learning and sharing ideas and making new friends from across the continents of the world.

Coming from a developing country like Nigeria where will still encounter various infrastructural and developmental problems in terms of funding, execution and completion of projects. By holding a masters degree in engineering and management, I firmly believe that I will acquire the requisite knowledge to contribute my own quota in tackling the infrastructural development challenges facing my country.

Personally I will like to boost my career after successfully acquiring my masters degree by seeking employment in a reputable multinational company where i can use my knowledge acquired in working and gaining more experience, while also aiming for a PhD in Civil Engineering, After which I hope to own my own firm where I can manage and mentor a set of employees to become more efficient in managing human resources, contract management, engaging in consultancy services and project works execution.

As an indigene of an oil producing community in the delta area, I am eligible for scholarship from various government agencies tasked with the responsibility of enhancing human capital and infrastructural development of the oil producing communities within the Niger delta. Agencies such as

  • The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA).
  • Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
  • Petroleum Technology Development Trust Fund (PTDF).
  • Delta State Ministry of Education.
  • Delta State Oil Producing Areas and Development Commission (DESOPADEC).

I also believe that my work experience and academic achievement to date make me fully prepared to start a masters programmme.I very much look forward to this challenge and an exciting career in Engineering. Thank you.




Marketing & Advertising


STATEMENT OF INTENT With utmost pleasure I wish to make my intent known to study advertising at your institution. I have not had the opportunity to study advertising as a course, but it is something I have the flair for, it comes naturally to me. I actually studied English and Literary studies at my university here in Nigeria. I know there is a link with English and Literary studies and advertising because advertising has to do with choice of words and vocabulary, making use of the right words to paint a mental picture. Studying poetry as a course under English and Literary studies has helped a lot, as it has helped me in creating works that are captivating making use of the right figures of speech. In poetry words are used to catch a reader's feelings and attention, making them imagine things, same also applies to advertising Copywriting for example focuses mainly on verbalization, I chose this course because verbalization has a link to English and Literary studies which I have read as a course, with the right dictions one can make an advert come to life. The advert will speak to the people seeing it without actually talking, that's the power of right verbalization, with this close relationship adapting into this course will be much easier. After the completion of my degree I would want to work with companies and individuals that need the right type of advertising to sell their products. My country Nigeria has other natural resources apart from oil, they have other job opportunities that are not fully exhausted, due to ignorance. making everybody concentrate on a particular sector. The problem is due to lack of information and technical know-how. with this course I will be able to carry out a good campaign and run advertisements as eye opener to people that all lost in different areas in the economy due to lack of information and awareness.




Public Administration


The purpose of the study is to enhance my knowledge of administrative functions.

The essence of this study is that it will help to enhance my capability as an Administrative Officer by creating a theoretical base on which I can build a practical frame work in carrying out my duties which will eventually help to uphold the integrity of the shared vision of my employer establishment.

With the knowledge attained from this study of public administration, as an Administrative Officer, my duties will be more efficient and effective leading to a better service delivery and this will create a ripple effect of growth and development not just in Delta State but in Nigeria as a whole.




Energy Management


I was born in Warri. Delta State located in the southern part of Nigeria. This part of the country is rich in its oil reserve and production. My father is an engineer and has been involved in the industry for over a decade now and growing up I have aspired to be like him and this has been my drive.

During my primary education and I did excellently well in my studies and this gave me a good background to excel in any field I may choose. However, in during my secondary education, there was a family incident that affected greatly my studies. I even had to repeat a class in order to get back on track. Due to this, I had to move into a field where I felt more comfortable and could handle effectively. I learnt from my failures and knew I could be better at anything I put my mind to. I worked harder in my studies, and this elevated me morally and mentally. I was made the dinning prefect and also elected the Press Club President. With this sense of responsibility I became more matured in my thinking and behavior and this prepared me better for the higher education world of the university.

I got admission to study business management in Girne American University in North Cyprus and I did my best to get good grades and come out with the best I can. I graduated with a 3.29 CGPA out of 4.00 and I am very certain I worked hard enough to get what I got. During my studies in Cyprus, I was introduced into the dual degree learning program that was organized by my school and National American University located in the United States of America. Due to my hard work and persistence, I was included in the dean’s list and the president list respectively in two different semesters. Unfortunately due to financial misunderstanding between the two universities, the program could not continue and I had to go back to the single degree program.

Towards the end of my undergraduate program, I knew I had to make a decision on what would be my next step. I did a lot of research and I discovered that I could still be like my father but from a different angle. I saw MSc in Energy Management as a course that would create a path in the oil and gas sector for me. I intend to be a business developer in this industry and use my acquired knowledge to create an impact in the industry that would help propel it to the next level of development. I observed that this university could offer me the right courses and an innovative learning environment to help me achieve my goals in life.




Engineering Management


I have a Bachelors degree in Electrical / Electronics Engineering from Madonna University in Okija, Anambra State, Nigeria.

As a young child, I was fascinated with the way things work. I often opened up my toys to find out what made their electronic and automated parts work. Hence I earned the nick name “Scientist” from my family and friends.

My choice of Engineering and Management as a course of postgraduate study is born out of my desire to combine my first degree studies with my work experience. I currently work in an Engineering firm where I manage people, project and materials as well as negotiating contracts in the Petroleum industry. I have also undergone a formal training in Project Management with Warri Business School.

Having studied the course work on the your website, I saw that the course covers a broad area which I am specifically interested in, some of which include the following.

  • Contracts Management
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources Management

This post graduate degree program will help to broaden my general engineering and management knowledge as well as appreciation of some of the requirements and challenges of how a practicing Engineer should combine proven / emerging Technology with resource management to achieve both specific and broader objectives. The successful integration and application of these elements will allow me to operate more effectively in a wide range of engineering and management roles, as the full potential of technological advances can only be fully realized if they are effectively and efficiently managed using proven principles and methodologies. At the end of this program I hope to be better equipped and be able to do this within the context of today’s engineering and general management environment.

Studying abroad will give me the opportunity to meet and work with people from different parts of the world, exchanging experiences, knowledge and ideas in an environment which is rich in the culture of impacting sound and proven knowledge to people seeking an advancement in their understanding of the society in general and the complex environment which we live in. This coupled along with using special technologies that make each day better and give the platform to project into the future where additional and boundless opportunities exist.

An international Masters program will groom me intellectually and embellish my knowledge, bring prosperity in terms of wealth of knowledge and would make me a ladder of success for others to climb contributing to the evolution of my country and human society as a whole. This would also improve my standard of living as it will enable me get a better job and gain more experience. On my return to Nigeria it is also my intention to build a robust career for myself after working for a number of years and thereafter set up my own Engineering firm and build up a successful business.

Upon completion of my postgraduate academic pursuit in the United Kingdom, it is my intention to bring back my learning experience to further contribute to the economic development and advancement of my country. This will be my own small contribution towards ensuring sustainability of our country’s growth plan and harnessing the human and natural resources locally for a structured management and development of potentials that exist in these areas and even beyond.

I am a determined and enthusiastic person who will make good use, if given the opportunity to study Engineering and Management at this great University.




Human Resource Management


To have a refined knowledge in human resource management in a conducive and well structured environment coupled with good teaching aids and also to make good decisions and how to recognize and respond to a wide range of individuals influence on business and the strategies to improve organizational and individual performance in my future career.

Based on the exposure and human managerial skills I acquired during my undergraduate program and extra-curriculum activities I believe I can adapt to this course and do exceedingly great.

The benefit of this course is to determine the impact of human resource management practices on organizational performance of companies in Nigeria as well as examining whether the effectiveness of its practices on organizational performance is reliant on organization work place climate.




Human Resource Management


My interest in international Human Resource management dates back to my university and my national youth services corps years. Pursuing a musters degree is a responsibility I owe to myself as well as a commitment I have to others.

I refer to it as a responsibility because I have a proactive outlook on life, which makes me actively seek and go after the things that I want to accomplish in life. I refer to it as a commitment because I want to be an example to others of the attainments and contribution to society.

My first introduction to International Human Resource Management came as a result of an encounter with ANINO AJEMIGBOGHO, General Manager Human Resources Anbli-Multi-Global Link Ltd.

It was as a result of this encounter that I was able to get detailed understanding of the roles played by Human Resource in tackling human issues and consequently in organizational success. In light of this, I have decided to take up the masters program in International Human Resource management because I am interested in the role it plays in achieving organizations goals and objective, key among them being hiring and training the best employees, and dealing with performance issues.

I am a graduate of Guidance and counseling/ physics from university of Ibadan and I also have a certificate of Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). My Guidance and Counseling/Physics degree has provided me with a strong foundation as well as fortified me with good Guidance and Communications skills, personal Communications as well as organizational communications skills, bearing in mind that the importance of proper Guidance and communication in the business environment cannot be over-emphasized.

In the same vein, professionals of Guidance’s and managers recognize the importance of good business practices. My career goal is to work in a leading firm that place priority on professionalism and lead such organization towards attainment of set goals by making use of knowledge garnered as well as experience.

Ten years from now I see myself as a human resource consultant, providing professional advice so that others can make the best decisions. I behave a masters degree in International Human Resource Management is all I need to make this dream come true.

It fits the profile of this goal, perhaps some of my grandest attributes is that I am smart, hardworking, and inquisitive. I am always willing to learn and I appreciate every opportunity to learn new things or old ones differently.

I am sensitive and genuinely interested in others, which makes me confident that IHRM is the path I want to tread. Human Resources are vital to any organization and the society: without people the organization and the society would not function.

I chose this University because of its great reputation, its renowned academic excellence, and good industry links as well as flexible postgraduate schemes.

I look forward to being a part of a renowned institution as your institution. I firmly believe that the right education in the right school will open doors of advancement in my chosen field of study.




International Relation


My Personal Statement

Throughout my travels, studies, and experience in the world, I have been able to attain what I hope to be a worldly and open-minded perspective. In my efforts to further broaden and improve this perspective, and fully pursue all of my academic passions, I hope to have the privilege of attending university in the United Kingdom.

It was only within the past year that I have recognized my passion in the subject of International Relations. I have always had an interest in almost anything the world has to offer, obsessed with understanding the way the world works, and why it works that way. But my diversity of interest has not led me astray in finding my greatest passion; in fact, it has helped me harness it. By studying and exploring a diverse variety of interests, I found that my true interest lies in understanding and exploring the way the whole of global society functions, which has led to my passion in International Relations.

Within academics, I have challenged myself to succeed as much as I have been able, in efforts to better myself both as a student and as an individual. I have been awarded my school's Award for Academic Excellence in the Area of Social Studies and have strived to challenge myself academically to my upmost capacity by taking 12 Advanced Placement Courses over my high school years, seven of which I am currently taking this year. The rigor of my academics has also allowed me to partake in studies that have further enhanced my knowledge and interest in International Studies: my study of US political relations in AP Government and Politics and in-depth analysis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in AP World Literature being areas of study I have particularly enjoyed. This year I was also elected President of my school's chapter for National Honor Society, which is a program that promotes both academic excellence and community involvement, which has helped me further hone my skills in both leadership and communications.

Outside of the classroom, I have participated in activities that have lent me a global perspective. This year, I have been able to join the Model NGO support clubs for venerable people, which has been an extraordinary experience in learning so closely about an institution that has such an important and central position in the world of global politics and relations. In addition, two years ago I was able to journey to Ghana, where I was able to complete a Community Service Program assisting and rebuilding a rural community. Last summer, I was nominated to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum as well as being accepted as an intern in a reputable organisation in Nigeria. These experiences, though their focuses were broad, have been key in my development of leadership skills and personal independence, as well as inciting my passion in the international community.

I have strived to excel not only in academics, but in attaining a perspective and point of view that will allow me to not only understand the world of International Relations, but also contribute my own theories and understanding of the subject to the world. I sincerely hope my pursuits in being a well-rounded and globally oriented student and individual has allowed me enough qualification to attend your university and hope to further broaden my perspective by attending such a high standing university in an entirely new country.




Business Management


I have chosen this institution and course because I have passion for business and I know it will enhance my creative and innovative abilities in business. I have interest in managing resources and also to be socially responsible to the host community where the business is located.

In studying this course, I know the training and skills I will receive from the institution will help a great deal on how to administer corporate social responsibilities, manage resources and in the end all the parties involved will benefit from the administration of social responsibilities which is very important to a business and it host communities.

My educational goal is aimed at pursuing a career in business administration and management that will enable me offer services to humanity by giving back to the nation by way of dividends on its investment in my career. The hard work and dedication needed to accomplish my goal is not a barrier. I have consistently pursued my education with passion, diligence and enthusiasm.

On the completion of my postgraduate programme, I hope to establish a business of my own and also establish an NGO that will work in collaboration with similar organisations at the international level to advance the promotion of compulsory education and poverty alleviation as well as providing the necessary infrastructures to support the initiative. In partnering with the international community, local branches will be created in all the states of Nigeria with the support of each state government.

My career goal is to be a business manager, someone who focuses on creativity and innovation. I am very passionate about my community and would go the extra mile to advance its growth and development. I have always aspired to pursue a career that would enable me to help people achieve their dreams. I plan to work in collaboration with the community leaders to give back to the community, as I learnt that a lot of youths do not have access to formal education as well career aspirations.




Business Administration


Business Administration dates back to my industrial training experience as an undergraduate where l worked as an administrative assistant in E. A. Temile & Sons Development Company.

My desire for Business Administration became intensified as a result of my working experience in Adopez Global Ventures Limited which has enabled me to develop a range of practical skills. As an administrative manager, l am able to manage challenging behaviour effectively, conduct activities safely and communicate with people of diverse background effectively and efficiently. Hence, my desire for Masters in Business Administration is paramount.

The world is becoming a global village and to meet up with the current trend, Master degree in B.A is of mega importance. The knowledge of Business Administration will better my future career with the provision of both general and specific knowledge which would help me function as a Sole Administrator and a member of corporate team. With my MBA, l would have the managerial and operational skills necessary to develop a small business enterprise and nurture it to its full potential at a professional level.

Having obtained a bachelor degree in Industrial Mathematic which has to do with business management and problem-solving skills, the transfer of knowledge will be applicable in the study of my MBA courses.

Earning a degree in MBA is of great impact to the economy of my country. My ability to handle projects, business seminars, is one significant contribution that l am confident l can bring into the classroom which will help to build a strong business personnel .




Masters of Business Administration MBA


When I think about the difficulties that I have had to overcome recently, the achievement which I am most proud of may seem like a trifle to other people. However, for me, who lives mostly on tea and coffee, the challenge of spending three days without an electric kettle was a dramatic battle with my habits.

So, last month I was peacefully preparing for my exams and anticipating another portion of coffee when suddenly my old electric kettle made a strange pshhhh sound and passed away. All my attempts to bring it back to life were in vain and I had to accept the fact with dignity and courage. I knew that the challenge would push my mind and body to the limit and the easiest solution would be to go and buy a new one. But there were two circumstances which made me consider other options: first, it was Christmas Eve and I was on a shoestring budget, second, my mom promised to present me a new one in three days. “So, three days?” I thought.

As soon as I had made a decision, I started looking for alternative ways to survive. Not only did I find some, but they also turned out to be healthier and more pleasant than my usual coffee. I found out that fruit smoothies or yoghurts can really add more vitamins to my body and it’s indeed more beneficial to my health and body balance.

So am indeed proud of this achievement, as it taught me that I can always find light at the end of every tunnel in my life, I was addicted to my tea or coffee and it didn’t make me see that they could be other drinks I like which would add more health benefits to me. I am super proud of myself for this achievement I have.




Business Management


Attaining a certain level of achievement is the dream of any aspiring individual especially in areas where they have passion and interest. People tend to have their interest in Sports, Profession, areas of practice and so many other aspects in life. As for me my areas of interest is my academics. My dream is to obtain a degree and Masters in Business and would love to become a good business manager someday. Attaining certain level of excellence in my academics was one of my major achievements and I am absolutely proud of it.

During my degree, it was quite challenging especially with the magnitude of work given to us as well as assessments. I was fully determined that I would pass all my modules without having any issue. I got more worried also in assessment that required we worked in groups and unfortunately I had group members who were not really serious and it became is serious challenge for me.

Now because of how determined I was to pass all my modules I was able to put in extra effort to carry along my other group members and ensure we work together as a team to achieve the assessment work. I put in so much effort which was very obvious because I had made determination to successfully attain my degree without having issues. I also had other issues like being able to adapt to the new environment as well as other students from different cultures. Though these were challenges that occurred more in my first and second year.

At the end of my program, I successfully passed all my modules as well as mu dissertation. I was really glad because it was a dream that had been achieved. To so many other individuals it may look like something normal but to me I see it as an achievement. Knowing what my future ambition is, then this aspect is a mile stone in attaining the highest of my goal. I had become glad and aspired to attain a master in a unique business school which is why I decided to apply to the EU business school.




Business Management


I believe I am, in my opinion, an ideal candidate for the Business Management course. I have been in the working world since the age of 18 (albeit with some exclusions for some very valuable and life changing travelling). I have worked in a sales environment for a number of years and have learned how important it is to market a company 'brand' through emphasising company values and benefits together with confidence and friendliness engages customers to buy into 'said product'.

My application to study the MSc IBM is very vital to me as a means of gaining wider experience in the marketing field. By completing my studies in University of Bedfordshire, this MSc will complement and enhance my Business and Management degree. The application is supported by my evidence of my qualifications, references and my eligibility to study. This will verify the information contained within this application. Though with my background in Business Education, I feel it is necessary that gaining Business management from an international angle of knowledge is vital to my future career because business management has always been something I like personally.

I am an extremely industrious student, and believe the more you put in to studying (as with all aspects of life), the more you get out of it. Studying increases knowledge, and confidence. This in turn increases curiosity, leading to further study. Since deciding I would like to complete my MSc to further my career, I have spent a great deal of time researching all of the options open to me.

From my research, the University of Bedfordshire is my first choice. I have compared this institution with all the alternatives and have decided this is where I would like to study. This decision is due to the good reputation the institution has concerning effective teaching, research and with their business partnerships.

Business Faculty at the University, allows a students to research real life scenarios, and to apply theories to resolve these situations. I believe it is very important to gain Masters from an institution that is well known within the business sector for their progressive and high standard of teaching and development of students, and the University of Bedfordshire is a good example of this.

At the end of my studies, I intend to go back to Nigeria where there are numerous Job opportunities waiting for me in my county. I would love to work for about five years after which I intend to establish my own business consultancy firm and in another ten years would also love to start up a business school.

To succeed in life, you have to remain focussed on what is important to achieve the goal, and therefore it is important to know what you want and why this will help reach where you need to be. This is a self-reflective process, which is not an easy one, but will identify why you want what you do. Part of this process is choosing and applying where you want to study. I would be very happy if I am giving the opportunity here at University of Bedfordshire.




Masters of Business Administration MBA


I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a Second class Upper Division from the University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. And HND degree in Public Administration from the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, with Upper Credit Division (CGPA 3.16). As a result of my under graduate experience in both Business Administration and Public Administration, specialization and expansion of my knowledge base through further academic pursuit in the field of business Administration has become a pivotal concern to me.

I have realized that the strength of every establishment or organization depends on the effective implementation of her strategies, inline with the vision and mission statement of the organization. As a people oriented business professional, the pursuit of knowledge, visionary leadership qualities and an in-depth understanding of the developmental strategies of the modern day Business life cannot be compromised. This has genuinely convinced me to pursue a Masters degree in business administration.

Furthermore, I am applying for admission into the University of Coventary for a Masters degree programme due to my carrier interest in the field of Business.

I believe that the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme of the institution (University of Coventary) would be invaluable in helping me achieve my personal as well as career objectives.

My primary research interests lie in the Information Management option of the programme as designed by your institution and I intend to focus my research on international business and particularity in diversity management.

I am particularly interested in this programme and the institution because the course outline drawn for the Masters of Business Administration programme in the institution is well designed to suit my academic goals, professional objectives, career interest and personal taste.

Additionally, I am convinced that the study of Business Administration, as well as my ability to effectively articulate English Language in both speech and writing has armed me with the requisite knowledge, experience and skills to successfully commence and complete this programme.

Moreover, I am confident that my transferable skills including communication, adaptability and problem solving skills among others, will rightly position me for the task/challenge the programme will present; consequently making me positive and enthusiastic about the programme.




Business Studies


I would like to apply study Business Studies in your institution. Having finished my secondary education, I came up with innovative idea that studying in the UK would make a very successful when I start working in a company. I also quickly realised that pursuing a degree at a UK university would be ideal for me.

After my secondary school, I held a voluntary job as a junior in an investment firm, in order to gain work experience. Having to work to tight deadlines taught me how to work independently as part of a professional team. I learnt that in business, if one person lacks productivity, then everyone else can suffer, and also how to motivate others as a means of preventing such issues. I used the skills learnt to enhance my role as a customer service officer, particularly methods of motivation and delegation, and the significance of being accountable for others. I developed my communication skills, with both colleagues and customers, and proved to be a trustworthy employee.

Being appointed as Deputy Head prefect in the sixth form was a great honour to me. My skills were greatly enhanced by holding this position, as I would often have to listen, and respond to issues brought up by fellow prefects, and students lower down the school. Through activities such as Lunch duty, I learnt the worth of different leadership skills, and that it is important to treat everyone as an individual in order to get results. I was always keen to stay into the evening to help out at school events.

Socialising is very important to me, and I am always keen to meet new people. I enjoy trying new foods to increase my knowledge of different cultures, and my culinary skills will prove very useful in independent university life. I enjoy travelling, and learning about modern history. This was a moving experience for me, and something I will never forget. Music is one of my biggest hobbies, and I use music to help me unwind and reflect on things. I use the internet to keep up with current affairs and sports news.

I have always been a keen sportsman, representing my school in many sporting activities. I enjoy running, particularly competing in sprint races, but also long distance running as a means of keeping fit. I believe that embarking on business studies would broaden my knowledge on how to manage business activities as this is one area I have so much passion for. My intention to study this program in University of Bedfordshire is due to the fact that the University usually have different students from various countries and it would be an opportunity for me to associate with various students from different cultures.

Thank You.




Master of Business Administration - MBA


I studied Demography & Social Statistics at the Covenant University, Nigeria. Some of my greatest attributes is that I am smart, hardworking, and inquisitive. I am always willing to learn and I appreciate every opportunity to learn new things or old ones differently. I am sensitive and genuinely interested in others, which makes me confident that with these qualities and sound business knowledge, the sky would be the limit for me. My degree from the university as well as the experience I have gathered from my job has provided me with a very strong foundation, good communications skills, as well as organizational communications skills for my future career and this has encouraged me to pursue a master’s degree in business administration. Pursuing this master’s degree is a responsibility I owe to myself. I decided to choose this course because I know that it would be critical for me in achieving my lifetime goal of owning and managing my personal company in the near future.

I am greatly impressed by and admire the entrepreneurs in my country, most of who have obtained this degree to enhance their knowledge and skills and are thriving despite the challenging business environment in Nigeria. The main things that interest me about an MBA programme is the fact that it encompasses all aspects of running a business and is not in any way limiting to the type or nature of the business I choose to grow. My career goal is to work in a decent and professional organisation for at least 5 years, gather enough work experience, hone my leadership and motivational skills and obtain an MBA degree to adequately put me on the right platform to achieve my dreams and aspirations. Ten years from now, I see myself as a business owner and manager in a profitable field or sector, meeting clients’ needs and posting impressive turnover. I believe a master’s degree in Business Administration is key in making the best (and objective) business decisions in managing my company if I am to be successful at it.

My first introduction to Business Management came as a result of an encounter I had with a senior colleague at my current place of work, Mr. Adewale Onanuga, who was the Head of Business Process Management of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, but was effectively able to utilise his MBA degree to contributing immensely to the business decisions of the Corporation. My work experience has already helped me develop many of the requisite skills for my career and the degree. I previously worked at an Audit firm and later in a government agency before my current job at a multi-billion naira government Corporation. The experience convinced me that I have the requisite interpersonal and management skills to excel as an entrepreneur, which has made me even more determined to achieve my career goal.

While carrying out my research on various institutions that offer MBA programs, I came to a decision to choose the University of Bedfordshire to acquire an MBA education simply because the school is designed to meet the needs of early career individuals like myself and is also structured to support my aspirations for fast track career progression. I also want to become part of a great network of professionals and companies and to constantly challenge myself with problem-solving.

My application is attached with my CV and all other necessary documents.

I hope I have been able to adequately convince you of my choices and interests to be chosen to go through a master’s degree in business management with your institution.

Thank you.




Business management


I graduated from Lead City University in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria in 2012 with a Bachelor degree in Economics, As part of the requirements for a degree in Economics, I took some business courses that introduced me to different ways consumers react to change in price, taste and behaviour and even some micro & macroeconomics factors. Business is an exciting course with a broad scope that would challenge my mental capacity and further equip me in the business world. After my degree in Economics I discovered that it was not what i really wanted.

In my home country, there are limited slots when admitted and sometimes you have to make do with courses available, in my thorough search for a course that suits me I stumbled on Top up in International Business. When i was much younger my uncle had this grocery store which I used to run for him and I got so into it that he got so confident and not come around for weeks. Even as a little boy, I developed interest in buying and selling, I discovered a place 12km away where I got candies for less the price it was sold in the neighborhood then I would buy and sell to the kids around, this fascinated them and they just waited for my supplies before they bought candies. I have read business articles and publications which has further opened my knowledge in business world.

Upon on graduation in 2012, graduation I proceeded to work as logistics officer in an oil and gas firm, I was charged with a lot challenging task such as overseeing the activities sales distribution men, distribution of petroleum products to strategic and key areas across the country. Managing people can be some sort of a herculean task, I tried to have a personal relationship with them which gave a head start to discovering new markets, I then moved on to be a procurement officer in energy firm, this turned out to be more challenging than I envisaged, it gave me access to offshore activities and several dealings with different nationals from all works of life, I became involved in standards and quality of items supplied by vendors, validating letters of credit for international vendors. At this stage in my career, i believe it’s time for me to expand my knowledge, the Top up program at your institution will expose me to the in business world while developing my business acumen.

The reason why am going for a Top up program is because it will broaden my knowledge well in my choice of program and also give me a good edge in pursuing a Master’s Program in Business at your prestigious institution. The various courses in Top Up program offered will create an enabling environment to further develop my existing knowledge in business thus preparing me for the ever competitive and busy business world; I strongly believe it would give me an edge over my colleagues which would be valuable when come back to the Nigerian market. A final theme in my life, relating to my interest in business top up, is an interest in new markets. My stints at various stages in life has given me niche to excel in business top up program, I am confident that I would excel during my program at University of Bedfordshire, I also did a lot of research on other schools but this fitted into what I wanted . I can assure that when offered an admission, my utmost best will be delivered.




Master of Business Administration MBA


Given the confluence of my personal and professional interests, my goal is to obtain an MBA in Engineering & Management and then to work in an Environmental Engineering industry, either with a consulting firm or as an Environmental engineering analyst with the Government institution.

My desire to study MBA at the University of Bedfordshire is a profound and well facilitated one. There are many factors associated with it. Firstly my experience at the end of the program in modules like Accounting and Finance would help me gain insight on how to maintain and keep records of every fund received and how they have been expended. I would be able to strategically ensure that available fund meant for projects are used effectively and properly accounted base on the stipulated principle.

Leading people and managing operations are another strong areas in this program which I am aware would give me the experience with regards to effectively managing my subordinates or my team in any organisation I find myself. This experience would also ensure my capability to manage any organisational activities and operations.

This particular module would give me the opportunity to develop strategic decisions as a manager on how to manage the operations of the organisation. A good manager needs to be aware on the marketing activities of the firm, and this course would throw more light to me on how businesses can take certain marketing decisions for the benefit of their profitability.

Furthermore, the course would help me improve on my creativity as a strategic manager and would enhance my ideas on how to develop strategic activities that would be applied in my organisation or business to bring about business transformation.

This MBA program would facilitate and enhance my ability to think strategically as well as understand the essentials of business and organisation in order to manage changes in a more efficient way especially in the global environment.

Having an MBA would not only give me more leverage in dictating new job titles and salary, but also would give me leverage in achieving a better balance between work and life outside work. To become a manager or a better existing manager, earn a better salary, develop better managerial skill, to develop better critical thinking skills, to sharpen strategy and tactical skills, to develop appropriate leadership skills, to broaden my scope, to learn and develop strategic thinking, to analyse organizational methods and procedures in their operations, and to take on more responsibilities as well as expand ones network.

My first degree in Chemical engineering at Enugu state University of Science and Technology Nigeria gave me much insight into the engineering field of which during the period I was able to gain basic knowledge and experience of chemical component and engineering technology.

Although my work experience in the banking sector for five years was not really related in the field of practice, it still gave me further insight on areas like finance and management.

However, my pursue for management as a career would boost further my skills in organisational management added with my experience in Environmental management acquired from the University of Bedfordshire. With the acquisition of an MSc in Environmental Management, I believe that embarking on an MBA in Engineering Management would enhance my skill and experience in the area of management which I do need as I intend to run my own consulting firm in the future.

Having acquired to this level of degree, I feel it would be of my advantage and more beneficiary to me in 5 years to establish my consulting firm which I intend to start up after gaining some further working experience in the industry.

I chose to study at the University of Bedfordshire because of the confidence I have in its academic staff. I did benefit a lot during my Msc and I owe gratitude’s to all my lecturers for the knowledge they impacted in me.




Human resource management


The unprecedented explosion of corporations and intense competition within various industries has brought about immense opportunities to utilize newer principles, methodologies, tools and practices in the field of Human Resource to ensure effectiveness of personnel. It is this challenging field in which I would like to gain expertise. Human resource management, as a field, had always fascinated me right from my undergraduate college days. I believe that my penchant for this field stems from the fact that ability to work and manage people runs in my family. My father and brother have HRM degrees. I have always enjoyed and been strong in areas that require problem solving, analytical and interpersonal skills, and I am anxious to combine the knowledge of, and aptitude for, these skills with my interest in human management. I really want to explore HRM while intend to gain specialized knowledge in the field of corporate or managerial HR. WHY UK FOR POSTGRADUATION Imagination is everything. If we can imagine a future we can create it, if we can create the future, others will live in it. This is the essence of success. I was apprehensive thinking of my career prospects in Pakistan but the kind of opportunities, challenges rewards and satisfaction that the studies in UK offers are very reassuring. This inspired me to think and dream about higher studies in your university. I realized that this is just beginning of a bigger dream. This would be not only interesting but also satisfying as it is in line with my career aspirations, more than anything else this inspires me to dream bigger. The studies at UK provides me the rare combination of accelerated growth and the flexibility to get on challenging career paths, be it through continuous learning or larger responsibilities. MY FUTURE AMBITION My husband runs a large business enterprise in the eastern part of Nigeria and the business has gone international as he has been able to attract foreign partnership. Currently the number of personnel working in his organisation require proper management to ensure that they offer the best of their service to the business. As such I have decided that I need to acquire knowledge in the area of human resource management so that I could assist him in managing these employees for effectiveness and productivity. I also hope in the future to establish my consultancy firm where I can train personnel for firms. Applying to University of Bedfordshire is a key choice to me as the University has the qualities of what it takes to produce quality education.




Oil and Gas Management


Being an enterprising Nigerian of this generation, the goals I've made myself to attain are beyond just my academic studies. The little training which was a couple of months in a processing & manufacturing/producing industry has opened my eyes to a new dimension so vast, so appreciative with so much potential only the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry will accommodate such prowess. My country being an economy solely dependent on oil & gas, it requires excellent managing & an insightful scope especially by young, vibrant & wilful youths of my generation.

My name is Mahmood Usman Mahmood, in my late twenties, a committed husband & a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Heriot Watt University UAE campus in Dubai but in line with Nigeria’s curriculum since primary and secondary schools we have been solely taught in English Language and also University attended was taught is English. My keen interest in automobiles led me to study Mechanical Engineering, however, along the line coupled with environmental factors, I realized a quota of my knowledge if acquired will propel my country to a greater height than it presently is or used to be.

Currently I work as an Assistant Analyst with the Assets Management Department at Abuja Investments Company Limited from April 2015 till date, our primary objectives in the department is running facilities management which we happen to carryout daily activities to the best of our abilities.

Nigeria was one time the world's sixth producer of crude oil, the slumping in oil prices, corruption, poor management of the economy, insurgency & looting government officials has poorly & shamefully led us be recognized as a nation of failure even by our standards as a case to admit. Well I believe we can do better, through education, through zealous endeavours & strategic approach to things, we can improve the situation for ourselves, our children & the children of our children's children. I'm but one man, one with a heart for nation building, one with a mind for better living & one with a soulful intention of getting things done appropriately, adequately & accordingly, with a hope that there will be others like me with which together as a team, we can regain our past glory through education rendered by such prestigious institution in an established, accredited & well respected university like this to which I'm writing this.

I'm a lot active in outdoor activities especially sports related events, my passion for fast cars has since been ignited & the much needed regular exercises in & out of the gym are my forte. Also I’m intrigued by technological and anything related to practical experience which makes things more visible and insightful.

My studying in a university of such repute will be a dream come true & after having completed my studies if granted the opportunity will undeniably be an answered prayer.

My commitment to what's most important in life & having good focus is unflinching & the prowess with which a man like me is built upon will only be shown when put to test. With all humility, that which I have stated here & as being carried in any document to be presented is to the best of my knowledge accurate & without glitches.

It will be an honour attaining such a goal as you're being held in the highest regard. With hope of having your consideration, I anticipate a kind & favourable response.




Master of Business Administartion


MBA PERSONAL STATEMENT "I consider enrolling on this course to be a major commitment and investment to my future, one that will not only help to fill my knowledge gap but will also provide me with a platform for the next step in my career. It is a degree which I feel will prepare me for success at the highest levels by equipping me with the specialist knowledge of international business. My dad owns a multi-national enterprise and this has been running in the family circle for ages. On this note, I have decided to enroll on this exciting and informative course partly because it runs in the family and partly because an MBA is probably the world's best known and most widely recognized and sought after management qualification. Its popularity as a degree has spread right across the world to organizations of every type, both in the public and private sector. I feel this is a course that will give me the practical hands-on experience which will fully prepare me for life after university. It will prepare me for any future management challenges, whilst at the same time making me a different and better person, and ultimately help me to develop my potential and achieve my goals. It will not only make a great impact on my career and earning potential, but also on the time management aspects of my life. During my secondary school days, I used to be enthusiastic and optimistic towards management course. I have always spear-headed forums where students deliberate on managerial capacity and business progression in the economy of my country-Nigeria. At college where I studied A level Business Studies I learnt a lot about the world of business from inspiring tutors who had real business insight and experience. The modules and teachers were the best part of the course. I loved being involved in in-depth discussions with lecturers who were highly experienced and broadened my outlook further. Right now I want to enroll on a MBA course that is set to a realistic time frame and gives its students adequate support, allowing them to fully enjoy and appreciate their studies. In my opinion any significant investment demands substantial returns, and by the end of the course I want to have developed cost-effective and quality assured skills which will allow me to meaningfully contribute to the development of management capacity and business growth of any companies that I work for. My personal qualities include a personal commitment to high standards in respect of self discipline and attitude to work, a proven ability to make good judgments, be creative and innovative, as well as work well under pressure. I turned down other top universities to apply to yours, primarily because of the teaching quality at your institution and the atmosphere I felt when I visited your campus. My investigations confirmed to me that your course meets the highest professional standards, and your teaching facilities are truly world class. I am confident that your MBA teaching is underpinned by world-class research that offers undergraduates innovative and authoritative approaches to theory and practice."




Tourism


I am an ambitious student ready to take any challenge presented, and I will see it through to success. I studies Theatre Arts in my first degree, and I love every moment of it. I have found myself really engaging with this course, and I would love to study further at your institute to increase my knowledge. I have a passion for the industry and I am keen on taking a Tourism course that is management based. I have a passion for marketing, business operations, languages and destination development.

I am applying for my chosen course because I feel that they fit excellently into my career path, and also because I believe it will challenge and stimulate me, and help me to reach my potential. I want to develop not only as a student but as an individual. I want to be part of an institution that fully supports its students and encourages excellence. I want to succeed; I want to go the extra mile. I want to go to higher learning to further my education, to grow as a student and as a person, and to gain independence in my education. I do not want to be average, I do not believe in just being average. I want to rise above and beyond and achieve things I never thought I can do. In ten years' time, I want to turn round and say I had the best time of my life and, come out of university with no regrets. I want to walk away with a professional qualification and a smile on my face.

One of the things that has drawn me to the course I am applying for is that it offers a broad selection of modules. The course offers me a chance to study further the areas that I am interested in. I have a strong desire to learn, broaden, and to sharpen my thinking and learning skills. I fully understand how challenging my chosen course will be, as Tourism is an industry that never stays the same; it is forever diversifying and changing. I want to prepare myself as best as I can for a successful career within the industry, and I feel that by going to an institution, this will allow me that step up to do so.

In classes I have chaired meetings, which taught me how to lead a team and how to work well in teams and with individuals. I have given plenty of presentations, which have taught me how to communicate appropriately and effectively to my audience. I regularly engage in class discussions, and in class projects. I am really reliable and attend college and classes regularly. I am committed and dedicated to my studies. I think I will be a worthwhile student in your institution because I am motivated to succeed; I have got a burning passion to learn and develop. I regularly hit deadlines and I always come into class with an attitude of readiness and willingness to learn.




Oil and Gas Management


I am an enthusiastic, dynamic, ambitious and goal-driven person who believes strongly in achieving goals and objectives given the opportunity and platform at my disposal. This philosophy has taken me far right from primary education up to my university education where I studied Economics in my undergraduate years.

My personal and professional academic experiences have shaped my career goals for the future because I already foresee myself working as an expatriate in managing oil and gas multinational firms globally. My confidence is also at its best because I was able to succeed in my previous educational degrees and I look forward to my future with more career opportunities at hand. Having acquired the right knowledge and experiences in my previous studies, a further opportunity to acquire greater knowledge in MSc Oil and Gas Management would serve as a booster and catalyst in my quest for knowledge and professionalism in the economics of petroleum and energy industries globally. My career prospects would be facilitated and established, coupled with the knowledge about the international society outside my native country of origin - Nigeria. At this juncture, I am very optimistic that nothing will interfere with my success because I am driven with the right passion and enthusiasm to pursue and attain success at its height.

Every knowledge and experience I have acquired so far and in future would be applied for the benefit of the society and I believe that it is through service and commitment that utmost fulfillment can be derived in life. My future goals will be actualized and established with an MSc in Oil and Gas Management as this would strengthen my career progression as well as equip me with the necessary experience and expertise required for leadership and management in the world’s fastest growing and dynamic sector – oil and gas industry. Suffice it to say that, in addition to my knowledge in BSc in Economics, if given an opportunity to study MSc in Oil and Gas Management in your institution, my goals and aspirations in life would be actualized, realized, facilitated and established for the good of the general public and the society at large.

Everything that one wishes to accomplish in life comes at the right time, at the right place, with the right people, and with a great purpose. I believe that this is the perfect time for me to actualize and realize my dreams. I am rest assured by the vision of this program that I will do my best to grasp every lessons taught in class. After this program I will be a refined and competent professional with the skills, knowledge, ingenuity, technicality and ability to compete globally

Having said this, I look forward to the many days of studying at the Coventry University in the capacity of MSc in Oil and Gas Management.




Supply chain management


Supply chain management is the design, planning, execution, control and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronizing supply with demand and measuring performance globally. I find this very interesting. Through my undergraduate days I have always wanted and known that I will study this course, I find it both challenging and also interesting. It is also a course I know I will do very well in because I am a very inquisitive and open minded person, I always want to know more. If asked to give a proper description of myself I will say that I am a very hardworking, active, intelligent, pleasant and very smart woman.

I am confident that my background in mass communication and experience in sales and marketing will prove to be suitable match for my chosen course of study –Global supply chain management. One would ask why global supply chain management? It is a considerable source of competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The fierce competition in today’s market is led by advances in industrial technology, increased globalization of demand and supply sources.

My degree in mass communication has given a strong foundation to my developing good communication skills in dealing and working with people and also strong analytical skills in solving problems in a calm and efficient manner. More than what I have studied in school, it has been the experiences acquired over the years working in different capacity in different organizations that has shaped the person I am today. I believe that this unique blend of experiences has made me a woman who has a strong analytical skill from also dealing with people and solving problems. Working with clients has also taught me to find solutions to problems in a calm and efficient manner.

For 2 years I worked with an oil and gas service company based in Belgium as the key account manager, my job then involved sourcing for clients, maintaining old ones, sourcing for RFQs, getting orders and following up on the order from Belgium until it is delivered to the client here in Nigeria. My job then Involved a lot of planning and logistics. I have also worked for 1year as a business development executive in an oil and gas service company here in Nigeria which my job then entailed a lot of marketing skills and ability to follow up on order and have it delivered to the client. These experiences involved application of the theoretical and practical course work I completed for my first degree in mass communication and also a short course programme in business development from Business school, Netherlands. My ability to work effectively with little or no supervision with my own initiative helped me always meet target. In

addition, I relied on my strength in written and oral communication while sourcing for clients, making presentation or solving the clients’problems. I think my most distinguishing characteristics is the diversity of experiences I possess, I also have a passion for travelling and understanding different culture

of the world.




Supply chain management


Supply chain management is the design, planning, execution, control and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronizingsupply with demand and measuringperformance globally. I find this very interesting. Through my undergraduatedays I have alwayswanted and known that I will study this course, I find it both challenging and also interesting. It is also a courseI know I will do very well in because I am a very inquisitiveand openminded person, I alwayswant to know more. If askedto give a proper descriptionof myself I will say that I am a very hardworking, active, intelligent, pleasant and very smart woman. I am confident that my background in masscommunication and experience in salesand marketingwill prove to besuitablematch formy chosencourseof study –Global supplychainmanagement. One would ask why global supply chain management? It is a considerable source of competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The fierce competition in today’s market is led by advances in industrial technology, increased globalization of demand and supply sources. My degree in mass communication has given a strong foundation to my developing good communication skills in dealing and working with people and also strong analytical skills in solving problems in a calm and efficient manner. More than what I have studied in school, it hasbeen the experiences acquired over the years working in different capacity in different organizations that has shaped the person I amtoday. I believe that this unique blend of experiences hasmademe a woman who has a stronganalytical skill from also dealing with people and solving problems.Workingwith clients has also taught me to find solutions to problemsin a calmand efficient manner. For 2 years I worked with an oil and gasservice company based in Belgium asthe key account manager, my job then involved sourcing for clients, maintaining old ones, sourcing for RFQs, getting orders and following up on the order from Belgium until it is delivered to the client here in Nigeria. My job then involveda lot of planningandlogistics. I havealsoworked for 1year asa businessdevelopment executive