“My name is Njideka Juliet Ikebude, a graduate of Geography and Environmental Management, BSc (Hons), University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. I am a Document Controller with over 8 years of experience in providing engineering and vendor data support on major and minor projects. I possess excellent communication skills strengthened by keen observation and an ability to listen and respond to vendors and co-workers.”
How did you learn about Alison?
Through referral. About 5 years ago, I was looking for an online site where I could study at my own pace with little or no cost. Then a friend of mine introduced me to Alison online and I must say that I never regretted a moment with Alison.
What was your first course on Alison, and why did you choose it?
In August 2015, I did the Diploma in Psychology. I chose Psychology because of the nature of my job. I am a document controller and, as such, I interact with various stakeholders and contractors, hence the need for the Alison Diploma in Psychology.
How have Alison courses affected your career?
Oh, glorious! I have been in the oil and gas industry for a while and I had wanted promotions but simply could not think of how to proceed. I became more frustrated as the clock ticked. This was one of the reasons for searching for online courses. After my first course with Alison in 2015, my performance improved drastically which landed me the desired promotion. I demonstrated strong stakeholder interface management skills in any given project. However, due to my quest for a career change, I took the Alison IT Management – Building Information Systems course and am happy to announce that this certificate brought me a step closer to realising my dream.
What’s your favourite way to relax from studying?
I enjoy the simple things in life – I relax with photography and music. Aside from listening to music and taking pictures with my iPhone, I also take my personal camera around to capture moments.
Where are you working and studying now?
I work as a document control executive for Seplat Petroleum Plc. Currently, I am pursuing an MBA online at the University of South Wales, UK and should be graduating this year.
What’s next for you, in terms of education and work?
Well, I am quite ambitious I must admit. I’m working towards holding a managerial portfolio in the next 2 years, and I will probably be counting on Alison for necessary training support. Furthermore, with the experiences I gathered across the oil & gas sector, as well as educational and professional training from Alison and other training providers, I see myself advancing with my career goals aggressively in the next 10 years. Who knows, I might be a CEO by then. My plan is to move into a position of responsibility where I can lead teams. I want to become the person that others seek out for the answers to their difficult problems.
If you could learn absolutely anything in the world from an Alison course, what would it be?
That’s a very interesting question. In 2017, when I wanted to do my M.Sc. in Information Management I wished Alison could offer me that. So I would be glad if Alison introduced some M.Sc. courses.
What would you say to someone if they asked you about Alison? Would you recommend it and why?
Yes! Alison is an automatic recommendation for me to anyone. I have been referring people to learn from Alison because the Alison courses I did were useful and provided me with a set of new skills for my career and for my personal development.