Nigerian graduates needs to heed the advice coming from an experienced lawyer who said young/fresh university graduates with first degree should not be in a hurry to get a masters degree.
Mrs. Oluwakemi Makun who is an expert in corporate and commercial law, opinionated that there is an additional advantage for a young graduate to first gain some work experience, know his strength and weakness, before deciding on area of interest and the type of education that would fit into his/her career choice.
As the principal of an Abuja law firm, Allianz Solicitors, Makun finished top of her class, with a cum laude and four distinctions, at the Executive MBA programme of the Business School Netherlands, Abuja. She received her certificate at a ceremony at The Hague, Netherlands, with 72 other Nigerians who completed the programme in the country, in September.
Drawing example from her personal experience, Mrs. Makun who has about 13 years of experience in legal practice, and is also a part time businesswoman said;
“If I had gone for my masters immediately after graduating from the University, I probably would not have made any sense of it. Studying at this stage in my life makes more sense to me because I already know what I want and what I need.
“As a lawyer, I should have gone for LLM, but over the years, I developed an interest in commercial law, business advisory, and development. An MBA is just right for me.”
Makun recounted her determination to succeed by applying the right techniques to accomplish her goals, one of which she was using her car as a mobile law chambers.
“I was a one woman riot squad before enrolling for the MBA, I knew I needed to be master of the art of learning and knowing how to go about business development and management.”
The Nigerian lawyer said she and her business have been transformed, with an office and few staff to her credit – precisely most of what she needed to compete in the industry.
“The programme was quite challenging for me, given that I had no business or management background I asked the most stupid questions in class because it was a strange area for me,” she said of her experience in the MBA programme.
“I guess those ‘stupid questions’ paid off eventually. I deprived myself of some unnecessary leisure such as watching TV because I had to read up all my books and articles. Being a mum, I also had to manage my primary duties with my study. I got a grip during my fourth module, by which time I had gotten used to it. You have to be determined.”
Giving some words of advice to young people and entrepreneurs, she said, “failure is not excuse to give up your dream. It is just an indication that you have done something wrong that needs to be fixed at the drawing board. She believes that diligent and commitment always yield positive result.
“This period (of economic recession) is a blessing in disguise. Owners and managers of businesses can leverage on the situation in Nigeria to explore onshore outsourcing in place of offshore, patronize locally made products more, (and) avoid credits.”