Fortune Umeugo

Country of origin: Nigeria

Before I joined the MSc Information Technology, Management & Organisational Change programme in 2014, I was a consultant in the Information Technology Advisory unit in KPMG Nigeria. As a junior member in a team providing IT project advisory services for a huge SAP implementation, I was building experience in my field and actively seeking knowledge that was relevant in my chosen career. I wanted in-depth knowledge about how IT affects organisations and about IT change management, which I had recently developed an interest in at that time. So when I was looking for an MSc programme that could satisfy my knowledge yearnings, I googled “ Information Technology and Organisational Change Management Master’s”, guess what showed up in the search results. Lancaster University, a top 10 school in the UK, was offering a Master’s programme with modules that addressed exactly what I was looking for. I wasted no time in submitting my application.

I would say convincingly that the MSc ITMOC programme is well rounded in all aspects that I cared about to further my career in IT consulting. On one hand, MSc ITMOC gave exposure to in-depth academic knowledge, which is very difficult to get in industry and takes years of experience to grasp. On the other hand, MSc ITMOC offers an excellent exposure to industry. Not only did I study modules with significant practical relevance, I gained valuable firsthand practical knowledge from industry experts through workshops that were organised by the programme. It was a very exciting and enlightening experience for me.

In addition, most of the modules are assessed by essays or group work. I found that it encouraged me to seek out more knowledge from literature and to develop practical skills in researching, team work and making presentations.

I drew immensely from these skills during my dissertation. Even though writing a dissertation may not be the same as writing an essay for a coursework, the fact that I had written numerous other essays and coursework made it easier to structure my dissertation. I did my dissertation alongside a research internship with Deloitte. That tells you the sort of opportunities students get on the MSc ITMOC programme – working with big players in industry. Many of my classmates had internships with giants like Accenture, IBM and Microsoft. Best of all, MSc ITMOC organises these opportunities for its students, making it easier to work alongside experts from industry via research internships.

I have very many memorable moments from my time at Lancaster University. The MSc ITMOC programme organised many social activities that encouraged us to bond with classmates and faculty staff as well as develop lasting friendships. There were also many other social activities to engage in. I regularly played soccer and tennis, which I greatly enjoyed.

I am tremendously grateful for the knowledge I gained and the fun memories which I will cherish from my programme at Lancaster. I feel more equipped, empowered and eager to apply my new skills and abilities to help organisations navigate the perpetually changing IT landscape and seize the opportunities therein. I hope to apply what I have learnt in my career and when I eventually start an IT company in the future.