Bosede Omolayo, who will graduate from Stevens this month with a M.S. in Management and a concentration in Project Management, is not your typical Stevens student. While many members of the Class of 2012 spent their free time in between classes getting their very first work experience, playing varsity sports or celebrating their 21st birthdays, Omolayo raised two sons, 16-year-old PJ and 17-year-old Dammy.
Omolayo, a West Orange, N.J. resident originally from Nigeria, earned her B.A. in Computer Science from Rutgers-Newark in 1998. She then worked for three years as a senior systems analyst and development professional at Prudential Financial, working mainly with Lotus Notes applications.
But in 2001, Omolayo took an extended break from the workforce while her sons were little to focus on raising her family. It wasn’t until 2010, when both boys were both settled into high school, that she felt ready to reenter the workforce.
Her sons were extremely supportive.
“They made it easy for me to refocus on my career,” Omolayo said.
When considering her options, Omolayo saw that earning an advanced degree could greatly increase her career opportunities. So, instead of attempting to go right back to a full-time job in the computer science field, she decided to enroll at Stevens, one of only 18 universities with accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
“I felt that attaining project management skills would really improve my job prospects, and accreditation by PMI is a great testament to the quality of Stevens academic degree. That’s what drew me to the University,” said Omolayo.
While at Stevens, Omolayo was heavily involved in a number of graduate student organizations, including the Graduate Student Council, a governing organization committed to improving the quality of graduate student life.
“Our intention is to try to get more and more graduate students involved in school activities so they connect more with other students and have a good experience at Stevens,” Omolayo said.
Omolayo was also a graduate Orientation leader, playing a key role in welcoming new students to the Stevens community, and a member of Stevens Institute Graduate Management Association (SIGMA), which works to add practical management knowledge to the management theory graduate students learn in the classroom. She also worked in the Registrar’s Office.
Somehow, juggling these extracurricular activities with classes and coursework – and most of all, motherhood – didn’t faze Omolayo.
“Dammy and PJ are very mature, independent, disciplined and hard-working, so I didn’t find earning my degree to be as difficult as one might think,” she said.
Omolayo has been attending career fairs and networking events and working one-on-one with Stevens Office of Career Development to secure work within an information technology group in the financial industry. She is confident she will soon receive an offer.
“A combination of computer science and project management experience is just what many financial companies are looking for in their business analysts,” she said.
Read more profiles of 2012 graduating students here.