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Raliat Bamgbose


MSc International Business Management

Raliat Bamgbose was working as a product manager for a Pan African bank and knew that to realize her career ambitions she’d need to study and understand business strategy and the dynamics of business across the globe. After researching a number of universities in the UK, Raliat chose the University of Sunderland based on the University’s student satisfaction and employability statistics, alongside our diverse international student community.

When I decided to pursue a postgraduate degree in business management in the United Kingdom, I conducted extensive research, asking colleagues, alumni friends, and online searches about universities in the UK. I eventually chose the University of Sunderland when I found that the postgraduate business management courses ranked highly for overall student satisfaction, and because of the student support and career advice that was on offer. I also considered the university’s positive graduate employment statistics, and the strong international student community.

Before coming to the University of Sunderland, I was a product manager in a Pan African bank and the role required me to have extensive knowledge of international business dynamics. It was imperative for me to have a broad business strategy, and understand the dynamics of business across the globe, working in the financial industry.

I am ambitious and my desire is to be an international icon and lead multilateral organizations. To achieve this, a good knowledge of international business management is required, and an international outlook that can apply to working across the global economy. I found that on the MSc International Business Management course all the modules were interesting and relevant to my goals, and I particularly enjoyed the Global Strategy and Foresight module. I’m also currently applying some of the learnings I explored in the Financial and Project Management module in my current job.

The University of Sunderland is really a great place to study, and the staff are very supportive. There is very clear guidance on what to do and they provide various development opportunities for you as a student and as a graduate. I took part in the Enterprise Place & Digital Incubator’s – “Challenge Enterprise event” to discover my passion for enterprise, I applied for and won the Sunderland Professional Award (SuPA), I had my CV reviewed by the Employability and Enterprise Hub, enrolled for the mentorship program which turned to be very useful for my career progression and became a volunteer for various student union volunteering programs.

Now I’ve secured a job at one of the “Big Four” consulting firms in the world, and I did so with guidance from the Employability and Enterprise Hub, my mentorship, and SuPA experience. Overall, my experience at the University of Sunderland was exceptional and the most rewarding period in my life – I won’t forget it in a hurry.

Published 16 December 2022

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