In the next few years I see myself responsible for my own live projects and managing a project from a concept through to delivery spanning three to four years. This would develop my design and project management skills to work to very high standards in a demanding industry.
Completing the Global Leaders Programme, with a distinction was a proud moment. I embraced every opportunity to take part; to take on different responsibilities, to enjoy the fabled university experience, to become an adult.
My achievements at Coventry have enabled me to secure a career within the Heathrow Airport Future Leaders Graduate Programme.
Upon completing the graduate programme, I plan to progress within project management, leading teams that make both strategic and operational decisions to impact and shape the expansion of Heathrow as it accommodates the new 3rd runway. I am keen study a masters part-time, I have an eye on Coventry’s 100% online MBA programme.
I’m most proud of the work I did in South Africa. I got the opportunity whilst studying to do an internship in Cape Town for two months.
I worked as project leader for community and social development working in settlement communities on a school project. I led 20 volunteers a day all from different countries to improve communication between parents and teachers on children’s learning and development in the long-term.
I am passionate about supporting people, and I have just established my own charity in The Gambia, called Ebo Mala Children’s Charitable Foundation, which will officially launch in January 2019. It focuses on supporting vulnerable and needy children in The Gambia by providing them with support to get a better education and access to a better healthcare. I also intend to come back to Coventry in September 2019 to do a Masters in Global Leadership and Management.
I said if given the chance, I would do whatever I had to do to get through. I started university and it was a complete culture shock, I had no idea what I’d let myself in for. I failed the first year, barely scraping through, but I embraced the course and gave it everything I had. I ate, slept and breathed mechanical engineering and my grades improved in the second year, I passed everything and I felt ready to tackle the third and final year.I grew as a person, my interpersonal skills, confidence, presentation skills and general knowledge increased tenfold.
I am extremely proud of all my achievements: my dissertation and especially of a project I worked on involving the development of one of Frederick Lanchester’s ideas from the early nineteenth century: the self-steering wheelbarrow.The original design was fully developed into a 21st century product that would sell in modern markets.
I am now on an engineering graduate scheme at JCB as a manufacturing engineer. My five year plan is to get a masters in Engineering Management, obtain chartership and earn a senior role within JCB. I currently do some work as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassador, my goal is to inspire up and coming engineers and guide them on the right career path.