22 April 2021
Azeezat Periola, who completed her LLB Law degree in January, tells of her recent experience as part of an ARU team working on an exciting business challenge…
The EDI Business Challenge sponsored by Microsoft BAME Network was an extra-curricular activity that has enhanced my skills and I believe it has prepared me for future career opportunities. Making it to the finals out of 36 teams from universities across the UK – and winning second prize – is a reflection of effective collaboration and teamwork. I am now interested in knowing more about tech-related industries.
The EDI Business Challenge lasted six months, from the launch in October 2020 to the finals in March 2021. Partaking in this challenge exposed me to the business world, focusing on the effective use of technology. I was able to work on projects, demonstrating practical and transferable skills from my degree (LLB Law) and network with leading industry professionals.
I worked in a team of five, meeting tight deadlines and delivering live presentations. In making it to the finalist stage we had to create and pitch three business ideas:
The last project was extremely time constraining as we had to deliver a live presentation within 36 hours. This was a stretch to my resilience and a testament that things can be done within a very limited time. In short, no time is little to get things done!
The three key things I learned from this challenge are:
Overall, this experience brought me outside of my comfort zone and I highly encourage any student to partake in extra-curricular activities outside of their degree because it will bring a different perspective and serve as a way to demonstrate and enhance your skills for the professional world. I am also grateful to Kim Holbrook and Khrieu Healy from the Employability Service for being our cheerleaders and to ARU for providing us with this opportunity.
By Azeezat Periola, LLB (Hons) Law graduate