We spoke with William Annoh on his graduation day where he shared his experience of studying our business and management degree.
You can watch the video below or scroll on to find a transcript of our conversation.
How does it feel to be attending your graduation?
I’m not too sure how I feel right now to be honest but I’m really excited about this opportunity to actually come here for the graduation. The degree was a very great experience and hearing the speakers today talk about the things they said and relating to our struggles during the process was very inspiring, and I felt really proud of myself.
What are the benefits of studying online?
Well first off, I was working and studying at the same time. That in itself was a very big – well not big – but it was a struggle. I had to go to work, stayed long hours, trying to finish my modules, find stuff to submit my assignments, and my final module assignment. My dissertation was, you know, difficult to get through because you have to do your research, speak to participants and juggle that with work at the same time, so it was a bit of a struggle. But in the long run, the end justifies the means and I’m proud of myself. I’m glad I was able to have this opportunity to study here at University of Essex Online.
How did you find studying with University of Essex Online?
I was able to make friends all over the world. I was particularly impressed with the way that the online programme was structured. I work in higher education and so it was a very good insight for me as to how we can, for example, structure such programmes for our institution. The benefits were incredible; my Student Adviser was very helpful in advising me and guiding me through the process. All the faculty who taught us the modules were very helpful – they taught me so much. I’ve learnt a lot of things and I’m willing and ready to use them in my career path.
What was the most enjoyable part of your degree?
I particularly loved the discussion forums: it was a platform for us to engage with each other, which helped us as online participants to get to know each other, and think about different things, you know. The speaker today mentioned about agreeing to disagree, it was something that we learned how to do very well during these discussions. It helped me to open my mind to a lot of different ideas and so I loved that particular aspect of it.
How are you going to use what you’ve learned in the future?
Well now that I’ve learned my degree, the first thing I plan to do is to better myself in my role at work. I just started a new role last month and so I’m looking forward to using my experiences from here to grow that. On the side I do some consultancy as well and I have helped manage a few people in showbiz. This is a great degree that I can use to project manage the thing that I do on that front. Also, I plan to start my consultancy full-blown in a couple of years. So, I’m sure that insight from this degree will be very helpful in helping me do that.
Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of studying with us?
It’s not impossible you can do it – it’s really not impossible. I mean it’s not going to be easy but it’s going to be worth it.
Are you inspired by William’s experience? Find out more about our Business courses.