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My decision to apply for a degree in Business is due to my desire to aim for a career in the marketing and finance sectors. This initiated from the Mark Burnett-inspired programme, ‘The Apprentice’, thought-provoking programme that influences the finance, real estate & advertising scene today. This experience made my goals specific and my hunger to succeed in business a primary objective.

The BTEC National Diploma in Business course I am currently studying gave me the opportunity to utilise and put into perspective the knowledge I had previously gained for this subject. This made me realise the effect that a university education would have upon me both as person and as a future professional. During this course, I have gained a whole range of skills such as new IT skills, working with others, presentation skills etc. I have also gained business knowledge through the Creative Product Promotion unit I studied. This unit made me to understand how businesses start up, and also learning how to use different promotion techniques and advertising to gain customers. I particularly enjoyed this unit because it allowed me to use my creativity to think of a successful launch of my business.

So far, my experiences have confirmed that I have made the right decision.

It has been my goal to further my knowledge and ambition through studies at a leading UK university. I am fully aware of the effort as well as the risks involved. Still, it is the advice of my father that inspires me “do what your heart says – it will bring your greater riches”.

Apart from studying, I believe that university life would offer me the opportunity to interact with students and teachers from many different cultures and language backgrounds. Each individual will enable me to learn something positive. I, in turn, will be able to make a positive contribution to the university and its life.

I have worked for Sports World as a Sales Assistant. It was a significant learning experience and made me evaluate myself and understand my strengths and skills, such as the ability to easily identify discrepancies and communicate these effectively to management so that problems can be solved. My present experience at Waitrose has given me a taste of working within a larger organisation. Operating within two different but equally successful organisations has enabled me to see contrasting leadership styles and corporate culture.

Outside of my education, I have a great passion for the arts; the main one being drama. Drama first grabbed my attention when I decided to take it up in secondary school. I am a committed member of the football team at my local church side. I have captained the team in previous seasons which required leadership, confidence and diligence. My footballing background comes from my immediate siblings, as my father was a professional footballer in Nigeria playing for ACB and then Julius Berger FC and then there was my brother, who was a former trainee at Wimbledon FC (now known as Milton Keynes Dons).

I also have minimal experience in professional football, having had trials with top football clubs such as Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers in the past. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate my footballing abilities between 7 and 8. Fellow footballers who have played with me would describe me as a defensive all-rounder with a robust style of play and a hint of attacking prowess. I am famed for playing the position of left-back, though I show my versatility by playing in numerous positions such as left midfield, centre-back or defensive midfield. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to a range of music, going to the gym and socialising.

I have high ambitions, and in the future I hope to be successfully involved in many types of business at a high level. By the end of my degree course I also expect to be a more astute, mature person. I shall certainly take advantage of all the various social and sporting opportunities your university offers.