Samson Okulaja is a Nigerian national who’s been pursuing a full-time MBA at Edith Cowan University, Bangalore Management Academy, India. He tells us why he chose Edith Cowan's Bangalore programme as the place to help build and establish his plans to develop management for IT systems in Nigeria.
Samson is on the Information Systems MBA and will graduate in February 2012. Bangalore Management Academy India partners with Edith Cowan University to provide a progressive and dynamic education.
Samson was born in Nigeria and schooled there, graduating in 2007 with a Bsc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Oyo State Nigeria. Prior to starting a full-time role, Samson had not given much thought to the MBA. However, as he progressed in his career, he started to notice just how prominently the MBA featured in his aspirations. He was persuaded by Edith Cowan University because it has campuses in Australia and India amongst other places and it had just the right balance of IT and management courses on the programme.
Samson worked as a Network Engineer for Gasok Nigeria Ltd. supporting and managing the implementation and delivery of internet services and in this role he noticed the unique challenges facing IT businesses in the country.
He worked and communicated very closely with Indian IT consultants and this built his interest in learning more from the Indian IT industry. “At University, I never dreamed of an MBA but when I started working, based on the challenges I faced, I was able to identify the differences in the quality of solutions provided by MBAs and non-MBAs.”
Edith Cowan has proved invaluable, allowing Samson build on his knowledge of IT systems and Management. Because Edith Cowan has campuses in both India and Australia, Samson was able to meet his dreams of developing his IT skills in India. Presently he is training in Enterprise Software Planning, one of India’s areas of strength.
Edith Cowan has also been fundamental in building Samson’s management acumen. “The ECU MBA has been the bedrock of my knowledge in management issues. I’ve been learning so many decision-making skills, solving critical issues on my feet. It has sharpened my intuition and broadened the way I examine problems.”
Samson plans to return to Nigeria to work in a management role within an IT business, but before he goes back he is seriously considering undertaking a Phd in Supply Chain Management. “During this MBA, my eyes have been opened to new issues... I want to develop my skills and become an authority in this field too.” Meanwhile, he is enjoying experiencing the local culture in Bangalore and unwinds by playing the clarinet with his band.