Babatunde Adetoye studied MA Human Resource and Employment Management at the University's business school. Babatunde wanted to share the amazing experience he had while studying. We caught up with him for a quick question-and-answer session.
What is your current role and what does it involve?
Currently I am the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Talent & Trends. My business supports individuals and organisations to discover, develop and optimally deploy people's potential for maximum results.
How has your course at London Met helped you in the world of work?
I developed the skills necessary to conduct successful research and present to decision-makers, as I now regularly have to present to my clients.
What has been your highlight at London Met?
I would have to say I had many highlights, but the main one was my dissertation; it was a piece of consultation for the placement and employability unit (PEU) at the University's business school. It investigated student views on the role of the careers services in helping them acquire employability skills. The research found that the majority of students thought that the careers services were there purely to help them towards graduation at the time they would need to write CVs and prepare for interviews. Recommendations were presented to the PEU on how to engage further with the students.
What was your journey like from a student to a business owner?
I have had my multimedia business for a while and when I discovered that I needed to gain exposure on the theories of business, I decided to study for my Masters. For me, it was the most strategic course of action – as a wise business thinker said, "you don’t know business if you don’t know people”. Business is about meeting people’s needs, from the suppliers and workforce through to the consumers.
Studying on this course was inspiring; challenging at the onset, but the support I got and my own determination paid off in the end, I am proud to be one of the top two students. The lectures, the discussions, group presentations and views of other students from different industries were very useful; it was the kind of exposure you may not get from reading business books on your own. I can say that I returned to my business a better person. I now apply proven business theories and frameworks to my business practices. In particular, I loved the change management module, contextualising HR and talent management (out of many other useful modules); these are especially useful in this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. As a businessman, I have to constantly adapt and reinvent my business to survive and thrive in the ever-changing business environment.
In addition, my Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualification (the HR professional body) on the course has also boosted my professionalism; I feel more confident to work with my suppliers, business partners and clients.
Do you have any advice for current students or graduates?
When studying at university, remember your grades and deadlines are imperative, but also important is to take note of who you are becoming, and what skills you are developing.
What you are able to get out of any institution of learning depends to a large extent on what demands you place on all the available resources – if you are not hungry, you can’t be fed.