Ten Esan, Full-Time MBA 2020-21, student at Imperial College Business School
Programme:
Full-Time MBA
Nationality:
Nigerian
Education:

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), university of Benin

Job prior to Imperial College Business School:

General Counsel, Oniru Royal Family Estate

Experience prior to joining Imperial 

Prior to Imperial, I served as the General Counsel to a Royal Family in Nigeria where I provided legal services for the management of (arguably) the largest private commercial real estate portfolio in Nigeria.  
 
I also developed a keen interest in equities research, and in 2019 had the honour of joining in the ringing of the closing bell of the Nigerian Stock Exchange after emerging as a finalist in the first-ever hackathon designed to promote millennials’ participation in the capital market.  

My decision to study the Full-Time MBA 

I decided to study an MBA to gain global business expertise, strengthen my competency in finance and be at the forefront of innovation; and these were very clear components of the Imperial College Business School Full-Time MBA programme. This made it an easy choice for me, aside from the appeal of living in London. 

Securing a scholarship 

I self-funded my MBA and am also glad to be a recipient of the Future Leaders Scholarship, which went a long way to ease the burden. 

What makes Imperial stand out 

While I may not have any basis for comparison, the focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability are three things that will scarcely escape your notice in Imperial’s MBA programme. The smaller cohort makes for more intimate relationships with most of your peers and a more personalised relationship with the faculty. Furthermore, being part of the larger Imperial College community is also quite a unique experience as it is a well-recognised powerhouse of engineering and technology. 

Building confidence in an ever-changing environment  

My key takeaway has been the opportunity to redefine myself with a more global view and the confidence to thrive in a fast-changing world. I am also taking with me a very acute skillset and a strong global network. 

My learning experience  

The most rewarding part of the programme has been the learning experience. Each class is rich in information and the faculty is very high quality and passionate, which makes learning fun.  

My favourite module has been Economics; primarily because of the clarity it gives in understanding the business environment. I also thoroughly enjoyed Professor Celia Moore’s classes, Ethics and Organisational Behaviour. Something that I didn’t see myself doing before I joined the programme is coding. I had to do that for the Data Analytics module. 

Overall, the Business School faculty are very competent and passionate about their area of expertise. 

Group projects: an eye-opening experience  

Group projects have been fun, although time-consuming. Going through the creative process and seeing everyone come up with unique perspectives and different approaches to solving things is quite an eye-opening experience in a group of super-smart and super-competent people. 

Overall, my cohort has been very friendly and supportive; a super-intelligent bunch with a lot of experience and insights to share. 

Taking on leadership roles at the Business School 

I serve as the President of the Africa Business Club, am part of the Student Investment Fund and I am also a Student Ambassador for the Enterprise Lab. In these roles, it has been a pleasure being able to reach out to a very wide network of people in various fields who share a common identity as part of the Imperial College community. 

Learning to prioritise  

Sometimes, the number of things to do is quite overwhelming. So many things are thrown at you and it is easy to take on too much; which I did at first and then had to scale back. 

A future career in Finance  

After completing the Full-Time MBA, I would like to take on the most difficult challenge I can find and try to solve it using the skills I have developed. More specifically, my career goals have been to strengthen my finance skills and get into buy side equity research. I have seen significant improvement in my finance skills courtesy of the Corporate Finance and Investment and Risk Management modules, but I am still applying for roles so I will keep my fingers crossed. 

Living in London 

My favourite thing about living in London is the diversity; you can hear 20 different languages just taking a stroll in the park. My favourite places have been going out with my cohort to nice restaurants. 

At the moment, I live in South-Kensington. I chose to live here because I wanted to be as close to the campus as possible. However, it’s a bit of a quiet neighbourhood (perhaps due to COVID-19) and there isn’t much of an outdoor life for now. I moved here alone during the global pandemic and I have family in the UK, so the hardest part of the process in all honesty was securing a flight. All else seemed to fall into place. 

Advice for prospective students  

Clarify your goals beforehand and use resources that are thrown at you. You will be given a lot of ingredients but it’s up to you to make your own dinner. 

Interested in applying for a scholarship to this programme?

Programme:
Full-Time MBA
Nationality:
Nigerian
Education:

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), university of Benin

Job prior to Imperial College Business School:

General Counsel, Oniru Royal Family Estate